Indian Muslim

Ex-cabinet secretary Zafar Saifullah is dead

Mumbai : Former cabinet secretary Zafar Saifullah died in New Delhi last week, his family announced here Wednesday. He was 78.

He is survived by his wife Kulsoom Noor, eight children and 12 grandchildren.

"He passed away peacefully and with his entire family by his side. As he would have wished, we did not announce the sad news as it was Ramadan and we did not want to spoil the joy of Eid-ul-Fitr," Kulsoom Noor told IANS here Wednesday.


Muslim groups clash in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow : Over a dozen people were injured in a Meerut village of Uttar Pradesh when clashes erupted between two sects of Muslims over offering Eid prayers, police said Wednesday.

The violence broke out Tuesday in Allipur area of Kharkhauda village when the Sheikhs and Qureshis in the area got into an altercation over who will first offer prayers at the Chappar Wali Maszid.

Elders tried to pacify youths from both sides, but they did not listen and hurled stones and fired gun shots at each other.


What Palestinians and the world could learn from South Africa's BDS movement

By Priyanka Borpujari,

On July 9, despite the chill in the winds, about 200 people gathered outside St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa. This is the Anglican cathedral that Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu uses as a religious, and political, seat. Outside the stone structure was a passionate shout to Israel to stop the blood-spill in Palestine: little girls with their heads covered coughed between the slogans, young men exchanged their keffiyeh as they carried the Palestinian flag. In doing so, the crowd joined thousands across the world in protesting against the violence in Gaza.

With joy and prayers, Muslims celebrate Eid in India

New Delhi : Millions of Muslims Tuesday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr across India with joy and devotion, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi praying for "unity and brotherhood in our nation".

In innumerable urban and rural centres, Muslims poured into mosques and large open grounds and offered Eid prayers to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Eid prayers were also offered at the 17th century Taj Mahal.


Indian, Pakistani soldiers celebrate Eid at LoC

Srinagar : Indian and Pakistani soldiers Tuesday greeted each other on Eid and exchanged sweets at Aman Setu and in Tangdhar sectors of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence official said.

"Indian and Pakistani troops deployed at Kaman Aman Setu and Tithwal celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr by exchanging sweets," defence spokesman Lt Col. N.N. Joshi said here.

Meghalaya Muslims celebrate Eid, offer prayers for Gaza

Shillong : Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, was Tuesday celebrated across Meghalaya, a predominantly Christian state, with prayers for peace in strife-torn Gaza.

People prayed for peace in the world, particularly in Gaza. They offered special prayers for the victims of the Israeli bombings in Gaza.

Eid prayers held at Taj Mahal

Agra : Thousands of Muslims offered Eid prayers at the Taj Mahal and were joined by some foreign tourists too as the 1th century monument was made open entry for three hours.

With pleasant weather, the festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was celebrated with great fervour in Agra and neighbouring districts of Firozabad and Mathura.

Senior officials joined politicians at Idgah, Jama Masjid and other important mosques in the town to greet people and pray for communal amity.


Eid celebrated in Karnataka

Bangalore : Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated Tuesday with gaiety and fervour in Karnataka.

Thousands of Muslims - who comprise about 20 percent of the 60 million population in the state - celebrated the festival, marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Hijra calendar.

Wearing new clothes with white caps, the devout, including children, congregated in open grounds and mosques and offered prayers. They greeted each other and exchanged gifts, including dry fruits and sweets.


Eid celebrated in Bihar

Patna : Muslims across Bihar celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr Tuesday with religious fervour, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

People prayed for peace in the world, particularly in Gaza. They offered special prayers for the victims of the Israeli bombing of Gaza.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi greeted Muslims on the occasion.

After offering prayers in the morning, people distributed sweets, sevai, dry fruits, perfume among their family members, relatives and neighbours.


Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated in Rajasthan

Jaipur : Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in Rajasthan Tuesday.

Prayers were offered at congregations held at various places. In state capital Jaipur, thousands of Muslims gathered to offer prayers at Idgah on the outskirts of the city and Jama Masjid in Johri Bazar area.

"We offered prayers for the dead in Gaza and denounced Israel's attacks on innocent people," Khalid Usmani, president of All India Darul Qazat (AIDQ) told IANS.