Pakistanis celebrate Eid with religious fervour

People offered special prayers for the solidarity, prosperity and integrity of Pakistan and unity amongst Muslims.

Express August 31, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The first day of Eidul Fitr is being celebrated across Pakistan with religious fervour on Wednesday.

Millions of Muslims offered Eid prayers in mosques and open places.

People offered special prayers for the solidarity, prosperity and integrity of Pakistan and unity amongst Muslims.

More than 300 Eid congregations were held in the twin cities. The biggest Eid congregation in Islamabad was held at the grand Faisal Mosque, that was attended by senior officials and prominent citizens.

The biggest congregation in Rawalpindi was held at the historic Liaquat Bagh.

Special security arrangements have been made across the country to avert any untoward incident on Eid.

Police and other law enforcers have also been deployed at different public places, highways, big shopping malls and markets.

Chaand raat

Eid preparations reached their peak on Chaand Raat as soon as the sighting of the moon was announced last night.

Markets and shopping malls were flooded with people of all ages.

As the announcement of the Shawwal moon was made, a large number of people, including women and children, headed towards the markets for last minute shopping.

Shops selling shoes and clothes were especially crammed with buyers.

All the major markets of Lahore remained crowded till late night, while the hustle and bustle also caused traffic jams in many areas.

Pillion riding ban lifted in Karachi

The Sindh government lifted ban on pillion on riding Karachi for five days to allow transport convenience during Eid.

The home department of Sindh issued a notification on the instructions of Home Minister Manzoor Wasan to relax the ban on pillion riding.

The ban has been lifted from August 31 to September 4.

Wasan has termed the move an 'Eid gift' for the people of Karachi.

The move has been taken following announcement made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik earlier.

Ban on pillion riding was imposed last month for indefinite period due to deteriorating law and order situation of the city.


Irfaan Ahmed | 11 years ago | Reply

@Muhammad Ahsan Khan: So, it is normal that « Pakistanis celebrate Eid with religious fervour » No, it isn't 'normal'. Fervour extrapolates from the word FERVENT, which means zealous. Zealous means marked with partisanship. Partisanship means being marked as one who exhibits blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance. The attitude it breeds is one of exclusivity and superiority to others. In Islam, the message is of equality of all and just and equal treatment of both the faithful and those of other faiths alike. The true Jihad is the one we practice inside, not fight with others outside. The true Jihad is one of a strongly willed non-violent spirituality, not of being stronghanded offensive behaviour. The religious fervour which you deem as normal, often leads us to create the wrong kind of environment, where the external kind of Jihad is encouraged, and where the internal kind of Jihad becomes the casualty. The holy month of Ramadan and the Eid, seeks to create the right environment that promotes our internal Jihad. To end it with 'religious fervour' instead of 'spiritual depth', is a misinterpretation of the very tenets of our peaceful faith.

Muhammad Ahsan Khan | 11 years ago | Reply

The first day after a month of Fasting is certainly a Festive Day, How this festiveity is celebrated is a matter of choice,

The people of Pakistan have no alternative but to rejoice with Relegious Fervour,

The people of Pakistan live in an Islamic Republic, The Religion (Islam) is everywhere. It is in the constitution, It is in the System of Government, It is in the Army, It is in the Judiciary, It is in every heart, brain and bone of Pakistani Muslims,

They love each other religiously and they kill each othher because of Religion,

So, it is normal that « Pakistanis celebrate Eid with religious fervour »,

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