Srinagar: Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday across Kashmir after the crescent moon was sighted on Sunday evening, marking the conclusion of the holy month of Ramzan.
Eid is being celebrated at the end of Ramzan to thank God for the successful culmination of the holiest month of the Islamic calendar during which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (SA).
Eid will be observed this year amid widespread violence, with people getting killed and pro-freedom protests being repressed almost daily in the past three months.
The impact of the tense situation was visible in markets, which did not witness the traditional rush of customers, indicating that people have preferred to have a modest Eid.
Congregational Eid nimaaz will be held at several places in Kashmir. The congregational prayers in Srinagar will be held at Hazrabal Shrine, Jinab Sahab Soura, and Eidgah.
According to Anjuman-e-Awqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, Eid-ul-Fitr prayers would be held at the historic Eidgah in Srinagar at 10am.
The Anjuman stated that before the Eid prayers, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would shed light on the philosophy of Eid-ul-Fitr in his sermon from 9am.
The administration has made elaborate security arrangements to prevent people from staging protests.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan said there would be no restrictions in place in Srinagar or elsewhere.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Lone said the security forces will be deployed in the city as per the requirement.
The speed of the internet has already been reduced to 2G by the administration to counter flow of information and “rumour mongering”.