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PM greets Muslims on the eve of Ramadan

New Delhi, Aug 9 (): Exchanging warm greetings and spreading messages of love and unity, Muslims in India celebrate Ramzan today as mass prayers were held at mosques on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the period of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan on Friday.

Wishing good luck to the people, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveyed the message: “May the festival brings peace, prosperity and happiness to the country.” Dressed in traditional attire, Muslims thronged the mosque early morning and offered prayers hugging each other inside the mosques. Vice President Hamid Ansari in a message issued yesterday said the celebration of the festival with both fun and faithfulness strengthens and supports the eternal message of worldwide brotherhood, love and compassion.

The festival was celebrated with enjoyment in Muslim-dominated places all over the country. People across the country celebrated Eid by meeting and greeting their relatives and friends. visitors were welcomed offering ‘Sheer Khorma’ — a sweet dish made of vermicelli, milk and dry fruits  as they bid farewell to holy month of Ramzan after having a look at the the moon on Thursday night.

Muslims who follow the lunar calendar, gathered in large numbers at Hazratbal Shrine in Kashmir as an attendance of 35,000 devotees were recorded to have assembled. Sources said that Tourist Reception Centre ground near Lal Chowk also seemed to have witnessed 25,000 people in attendance and over 10,000 people at Syed Yaqoob Shah Shrine at Sonawar on Friday.

In Mumbai owing to rain Eid-ul-Fitr prayers could not be held at the historic Azad Maidan for the first time in over two decades, said residents of the metropolitan. To ensure peaceful celebrations, heavy security was deployed in all Muslim pockets in Mumbai and other parts of the state.

Wishing peace and happiness Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Friday “Eid Mubarak! May the people of the country be blessed with prosperity and good health.”