Eid-ul-Adha observed, sans festivity in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 1 | Publish Date: 8/1/2020 12:03:47 PM IST

Eid-ul-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, was observed by Muslims across Meghalaya on Saturday, not with traditional festivity, but with prayers from home, as the state fights to curb the spread of novel Coronavirus pandemic.

The Meghalaya government is yet to take a call on reopening places of worship following surge of COVID-19 positive cases in the State. Thousands of Muslim faithful prayed for people suffering and dying from the contagious COVID-19 across the world.

“We offered ‘namaz’ in our homes and prayed for the doctors, nurses, para medical staff and administrations of all hospitals around the world that Allah the Almighty keep them safe in carrying out their services for the ailing people,” Shillong Muslim Union leader, Sayeedullah Nongrum said.

The Eidgah of India’s first glass mosque, the Madina Masjid in Shillong, which usually witnesses large congregations during Eid-ul- Adha wore a deserted look today.

Likewise, eidgahs and mosques in other regions in the State also were without footfall as the State restricted the assembly of people as part of pre-emptive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State. “It never happened in the past when people could not congregate in mosques or eidgahs to pray together,” Nongrum said.

Meghalaya recorded 856 positive COVID-19 cases that includes 631 active, five deaths and 220 recoveries so far.

Governor Tathagata Roy and Chief Minister Conrad Sangma greeted the people on the occasion. “May this festival of sacrifice be celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety in India and the world and instill in each one of us the spirit of love, compassion and selflessness and further strengthen the bond of love, brotherhood among fellow citizens.” Roy said.

Sangma said: “May this holy festival help each one of us reaffirm our commitment to the spirit of love, compassion and selflessness and further strengthen the bond of love, brotherhood and camaraderie amongst all, so as to achieve a society which is truly inclusive, a prerequisite for sustained growth and prosperity of the State.” Muslims constitute four per cent of Meghalaya’s nearly three million people -- predominantly Christians

BSF and BGB exchange sweets

Troopers of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) exchanged sweets on the occasion of Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakrid) on Saturday while adhering to the protocol of covid-19 taking all precautionary measures, an official said.

Inspector General of BSF, Meghalaya frontier, Kuldeep Saini, while conveying best wishes and greetings to BGB said, “BSF and BGB while guarding the International border are also setting up an unprecedented example of deep friendship between them and acting as an ambassador of their respective countries.”

Saini also wished best of health and happiness to the people of Meghalaya on the occasion of Id-Ul-Zuha.

Deputy Inspector General of BSF, U.K.Nayal said in the present scenario of COVID-19 and floods in the border area, both border guarding forces are tackling smuggling and other trans-border crimes with excellent coordination and trust among them.

“There is a smooth exchange of information between the forces upon which prompt action is being taken,” Nayal said.

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