Muslims across Jammu and Kashmir would celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival of thanksgiving, on Monday to mark the culmination of the holy month of Ramadhan.
J&K's Grand Mufti, Bashir-ud-Din told Greater Kashmir that Shawaal moon has been sighted and Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated on June 26 across Jammu and Kashmir. Muslims throughout the world celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on the first day of Islamic month of Shawaal.
"It took us around one hour in gathering testimonies from across Kashmir. We have received ample testimonies. The moon was sighted in Kupwara, Pulwama, Budgam, Baramulla and other districts of the Valley," the Grand Mufti said.
He also greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and urged them to celebrate it with austerity.
His announcement came shortly after Pakistan's Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced sighting of Shawal moon that marks the end of the holy month of fasting.
Thousands of people are expected to attend congregational Eid prayers in Eidgahs, Masjids and Shrines across the State where scholars and clerics would throw light on the significance of the festival of thanksgiving.
The biggest gathering of devotees is expected at historical Eidgah in old Srinagar's and Hazratbal shrine on city outskirts.
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is scheduled to address people ahead of Eid prayers at Eidgah here at 9 am while Eid prayers are scheduled to be offered there at 10 am.
At Hazratbal, Moulana Syed Ahmad Syed Farooqi is scheduled to deliver a sermon while Eid prayers are scheduled to be offered at 10:30 am there.
Eid prayers will be offered at Ziyarat Hazrat Naqashband Sahib (RA) Khawaja Bazar 10:30 am, Ziyarat Hazrat Alamdar-e-Kashmir (RA) Chahar-e-Sharief at 10:45 am, Ziyarat Hazrat Makhdoom Sahib (RA) at 10:15 am, Jamia Ahlihadith Gowkadal 7 am, Masjid Hanfiya Rengreth 8 am, Eidgah Syed Abad Soiteng 8:30 am, district police lines Srinagar 6:30 am, Ziyarat Harzat Malik Sahib (RA) Soura 9am.
Meanwhile, big gatherings are also expected in main Eidgahs, shrines and Masjids in Pulwama, Kupwara, Handwara, Pattan, Sumbal, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Budgam, Charar-i-Sharif, Shopian, Bijbehara, Anantnag, Beerwah, Tral, Pampore, Kulgam, Jammu, Doda, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Poonch and Rajouri.
After the prayers, people generally visit their relatives to extend Eid greetings.
Meanwhile, a day before Eid-ul-Fitr, markets in the summer capital and elsewhere were abuzz with shoppers. People were seen buying clothes and toys for children apart from food and bakery items.
'ALL ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE'
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone told Greater Kashmir that district administration has made all necessary arrangements for the devotees. "I have visited all the places where big congregations are expected. We have ensured that all necessary facilities are available for the people," he said.
A senior official of divisional administration said that authorities have been directed to ensure sanitation, uninterrupted power and water supply to the people in all districts.
Senior Superintendent of police (Traffic City), Sargun Shukla said the department is ready for smooth regulation of traffic.
"Our advice to the people is that if they are from same place going to worship at some particular Masjid, Shrine or Eidgah, they must give priority to car-pooling. That will be their part of contribution in minimizing the traffic rush and avoiding traffic jams. It will also help in having sufficient place for parking of vehicles. Two wheelers should be preferred for short destinations," she said.
She added that temporary parking slots have been notified for the Eid day at few places.
GOVERNOR GREETS PEOPLE
Governor NN Vohra has conveyed warm greetings to the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
In his message, the Governor expressed hope that this auspicious occasion would be the harbinger of peace, progress, prosperity and happiness and would strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood and amity, which are the hallmarks of J&K's glorious pluralistic traditions.
The Governor prayed for the progress and well-being of the people of the State.
CM GREETS PEOPLE
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has felicitated people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul Fitr.
In her felicitation message, the Chief Minister hoped this Eid brings along everlasting peace, happiness and prosperity to the people of the State.
Mehbooba prayed that the month-long fasting and the night-long supplications of the faithful are accepted and rewarded by the Almighty. She hoped the spirit of generosity, discipline and piety generated through the holy month is carried hereafter by people in their daily lives as well.
The Chief Minister appealed people not to forget the orphans, widows, destitute and all those who suffered during the almost 30 year long turmoil in the State during the festivities of Eid and play their positive role in bringing them back to the mainstream of society by generously donating for their welfare and cause.
On the occasion, Mehbooba also prayed for communal harmony, brotherhood and upholding human values in the State.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh has conveyed greetings to the people of State on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
In his felicitation message, Dr Singh hoped that the Eid ul Fitr would be the harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the State and its people.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is an abode of peace and tranquility where the people of different faiths live together since centuries in harmony and mutual brotherhood and such holy occasions further strengthen the bonds of love and amity among different communities.
The Council of Ministers has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The ministers have expressed the hope that the Eid would open a new chapter of progress and all round development in the State.
Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali and Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta have facilitated the people of the State on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
ABDULLAHS GREET PEOPLE
National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah have greeted the people of the State and the Muslim Ummah in general on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Praying for peace and prosperity in the State, Dr Farooq Abdullah in his message said: "The spirit behind the observance of Eid-ul-Fitr is to express our thanks to Almighty Allah for giving us the courage to observe fasting in the month of Ramdhan and rededicate ourselves to the path of truthfulness, sincerity, self-control, patience and human dignity".
In his message on Eid-ul-Fitr, NC Working President Omar Abdullah has extended his warmest greetings to the people of the State and prayed this auspicious occasion becomes a new harbinger for peace and amity in the State. He also hoped that this auspicious occasion would strengthen the bonds of communal harmony and brotherhood.
MIR GREETS PEOPLE
Extending hearty greetings to people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, J&K Congress president GA Mir has hoped that this festival will be the harbinger of complete peace and tranquility in the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir.
In his message, Mir described Eid-ul-Fitr as a unique gift from Almighty Allah to Muslim Ummah especially those who observe fast during the entire month of Ramdhan to seek blessings and forgiveness of Allah.
Minister for Information and Food, Civil Supplies, & Consumer Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali has extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
In his felicitation message, the Minister expressed the hope that the festival would be the harbinger of sustained peace, progress, prosperity and happiness and would further strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood and amity, which are the hallmarks of the State's pluralistic ethos.
MATTOO EXTENDS GREETINGS
Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo today extended his felicitations to people of the State on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
In felicitation message, Prof Mattoo said that observance of Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of fasting. He hoped that the festival would usher a new era of peace and prosperity and would also strengthen the age old bonds of mutual brotherhood and communal harmony in the State.
DGP, IG WISH JOYFUL EID
Director General of Police Dr SP Vaid has greeted the people of the State on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. He has also wished all ranks of Jammu and Kashmir Police and their families a joyful Eid.
In his message, DGP has expressed hope that the festival will bring joy and happiness among the people of the State including cops, their families and the families of police martyrs.
The DGP Vaid prayed for peace and prosperity of all the people. "Let all of us work for a crime and violence free State", he said in his message.
In his message, IGP Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan has greeted the people of Kashmir, Police personnel and their families on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
IGP Kashmir has conveyed heartiest greetings and best wishes and hoped that this Eid will usher in peace and happiness for all. He has expressed hope that this auspicious occasion would be a harbinger of peace and prosperity, for all of us.
Hakim Yaseen has felicitated people on the auspicious occasion of Eid. In his message, he said that people of Kashmir are celebrating Eid when there is chaos everywhere due to pellets and bullets. "We express hope that festival would usher in peace and prosperity, besides strengthen the age old bonds of mutual brother and communal harmony," he said.
Muhammad Khurshid Aalam, MLC and PDP district president Srinagar has also greeted people on Eid.
National Conference Youth Provincial President, Ahsan Pardesi has also extended his greetings to people.
J&K Jamiat-e-Hamdaniya patron and Mirwaiz Riyaz Ahmed Hamdani has extended Eid greetings to the people.
PDP youth leader Arif Laigaroo felicitated people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Laigaroo while greeting people on Eid prayed for their prosperity and development of the state.
GEELANI, MIRWAIZ, MALIK GREET PEOPLE
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has greeted the people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and has urged them to observe Eid with austerity.
In his message, Geelani said, " People should visit the families of martyrs and ensure that the needy people are provided all the possible help."
Jammu and Kashmir Muttaheda Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) chief and Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq Sunday extended Eid greetings to the entire Muslim Ummah.
In his message, Mirwaiz said that Eid is a day of thanksgiving to Almighty Allah for his blessings and mercy upon us.
"I pray to Almighty Allah that may this Eid bring us happiness, peace and freedom from tyranny and occupation," he said.
He has appealed to people to reach out to the needy and poor sections of the society to help them.
"While remembering our martyrs and their grieving families, we should celebrate the occasion with austerity and simplicity and in keeping with the tenets of Islam," he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has offered its greetings to the people of Jammu Kashmir and Muslim Ummah on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul fitr.
In his message from Srinagar Central Jail, JKLF chairperson Muhammad Yasin Malik has said: "We wish we could celebrate the ultimate joy, when our homeland and our prisoners are freed. We hope that Eid ul Fitr would return, while our people are steadfast, our divided nation is unified and liberated and we as a nation are triumphant, blessed and serene."
While extending his wishes to the families of martyrs, the injured and the detainees and other victims of conflict, the JKLF incarcerated chairman said: "Victory is coming and the oppressed people of Jammu Kashmir will taste the ultimate victory (Insha Allah)."
CELEBRATE WITH AUSTERITY: DEM
Dukhtaran-e-Millat general secretary, Nahida Nasreen has asked people to celebrate Eid with austerity.
In her message, she said: "It is a massive sacrifice that while we are busy in Eid preparations, these brothers (militants) have left homes and are doing everything for Kashmir cause."