Submitted by Rashmi on Wed, 2016-07-06 17:03 Mangaluru: Braving heavy rain, Muslims thronged mosques across Dakshina Kannada to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.The incessant rains did not dampen the festive spirit as a large number of devotees flocked to the historic Eidgah mosque in Light House Hill.Twaqa Ahmed Musliyar, qazi of Dakshina Kannada, led the Eid prayers and delivered the traditional sermon. In his message, the qazi urged the Muslims to continue living a virtuous life throughout the year. Compared with previous years, the turnout at Eidgah was lower, as most of the devotees preferred to offer Eid prayers at nearby mosques due to rains.Eid namaz was held at more than three dozen prominent mosques across the city. Taqwa Masjid in Pumpwell, Masjidunnoor in Hampankatta, Ihasan Masjid near Unity Hospital, Ibrahim Khaleel Masjid near State Bank, Jamia Masjid in Kudroli and Kachi Memon Masjid in Bunder were overcrowded with devotees. Several thousand devotees offered prayers at Central Juma Masjid in Ullal, with a considerable number of women devotees also offering prayers in some of the mosques.Children, youth and the elderly were seen embracing each other at masjids, while Khateebs from the members of the mosques and idgahs gave a clarion call to the ummah to remain united in the face of adversities and strive to establish peace in the country.