Today was Eid-Ul-Fitr, feast of breaking the fast. The day celebrates the conclusion of Ramadhan. The celebrations in this part of world were accompanied by the clampdown on the movement of separatists, house arrests. While greetings poured from mainstream camp, separatists in their wishes maintained their stand and urged people to observe austerity. In Kashmir, barring a few isolated untoward incidents the festivity remained incident free. Kashmir Life’s Photo Chief Bilal Bahadur captured the happenings:
SURRENDER. “The nearest a slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating.” Rightly said by Allama Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal, Yeh ek sajda jise tu giran samajhta hai, Hazar sajde se deta hai aadmi ko nijat.
Stand Guard. Surrendering will to the almighty who is full of compassion of mercy, always readyy to bestow unconditional love grace to anybody who wishes to be one with Him.
Silent Watch. A girl standing out to watch silently how mankind surrender and how God takes control over body and mind. Actually this is resting in bliss.
Faith. Girls in huge number came out of their homes to offer congregational prayers. Wearing new dresses the aim is to pray, seek blessings and then meet relatives and friends, exchange greetings.
Supplication. “Dua is the very essence of worship,” while one of God’s commands expressed through the Quran is, And your Lord says: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer).
Rage. Call of peaceful protests by senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and then denial to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to offer prayers at Eidgah led to pitched battles in old city of Srinagar. In picture the CRPF personnel aims with his sling shot at protesters.
Protest. Displaying flag of Pakistan, people protested and engaged police and paramilitary forces in stone pelting. The residents of old city accused that the Eid was day of tears for them.
March. The place where around one lakh people offered Eid prayers later turned in to the battle ground. People protested, police resorted to baton charging and tear gas shelling.