The largest Eid-ul-Fitr jamaat(congregation) of the country was held at the historic Sholakia Eidgah Maidan on Monday with participation of over thousands of devotees from home and abroad amid stringent security measures.
Eminent Islamic scholar Maulana Faird Uddin Masud administered the Eid prayer at 10am in the morning. Following the tradition, bullets were fired from the shot gun to start the jamaat.
Sholakia Eidgah held its 190th Eid congregation this year.
A special prayer was offered seeking peace, welfare and prosperity of the mankind and the nation.
In his sermon, Maulana Masud demanded immediate punishment of the perpetrators of the 2015 militant attack near the Eid ground and expressed hope no such incident would be taken place in the days to come.
Devotees were allowed to enter the ground after undergoing an exhaustive search. Leaders from different political parties and government officials took part in the jamaat apart from the commoners.
Two special trains ran between Bhairab-Kishoreganj and Mymensingh-Kishoreganj to facilitate the Muslims joining the country's largest Eid congregation.
The first Eid jamat was held in 1828 on this ground. Maulana Sayeed Ahmed of Bowlai Shaheb Bari in Kishoreganj was the first Imam to conduct the Eid jamaat attended by about 125,000 devotees.
Later, Mannan Dad Khan, former Dewan of Haibatnagar in Kishoreganj offered 4.35 acres of land through Wakf deed in 1950 and now the Eidgah has seven acres of land. This Eidgah is situated on the northern bank of the Norsunda River.