Shia, Sunni Muslims stand #ShoulderToShoulder for Eid prayers in Indian capital

The Uttarakhand government on Monday announced a special 90-minute break for government employees from the Muslim community for Friday prayers. Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 13, 2016, 01.03 PM (IST) Umaima Rasheed Hussain
A number of Sunni and Shia Muslims in India’s capital city today offered Eid prayers behind a Shia Imam as a mark of unity.

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, followers of both the sects performed prayers together in New Delhi’s Shia mosque of Shah-e-Mardan in Jor Bagh.

The combined prayers were a part of the #ShoulderToShoulder movement launched last year by two alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia.

This year's joined prayers were organised by Ajuman e-Hadri, the trustee of Shah-e-Mardan.

The spokesperson for Anjuman e-Haidri, Syed Bilal, said that the joint Eid prayers represented the unity of Islam.

"We follow the same religion. Muslims should come together and discuss their differences if any," he said.

The Chairman of Imam Council of India Maqsood ul Hassan Qasmi who belongs to the Sunni sect, spoke on similar lines. Qasmi said Islam is a religion of unity which has come under attack by some terrorist groups. 

He said groups like the Islamic State were trying to divide Muslims by creating differences among them.

"These groups are using the name of Islam. We condemn them and declare that they are not Muslims," he said.

The universal brotherhood movement #ShoulderToShoulder started last year with the first combined Shia-Sunni Eid-ul-Fitr prayers held at Juma Masjid, followed by Eid-ul-Adha in Lucknow.

The latest were the joint Eid prayers this year in Delhi's Jamia Nargar to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr.