Muted Eid celebration in NE amid COVID outbreak

Correspondent Shillong/Guwahati/Agartala/Itanagar, May 25 | Publish Date: 5/25/2020 1:47:04 PM IST

Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was on Monday observed across Meghalaya not with traditional festivity as the State fights to curb the spread of Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of Muslims faithful prayed for people suffering and dying from the contagious COVID-19 across the world. They also offered prayers for the doctors, nurses, para-medical staff and administrations of all the hospitals around the world that Allah to keep them safe in carrying out their services for the ailing people. The Eidgah of India’s first glass mosque, the Madina Masjid in Shillong, which usually witness large congregations during Eid-ul-Fitr wore a deserted look.

Likewise, Eidgahs and Mosques in other parts of the State also wore a deserted look as the State restricted assembly of people as 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. Nonetheless, all Muslim brothers and sisters are offering namaz in their own homes to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan,” Shillong Muslim Union General Secretary, Sayeedullah Nongrum said.

In Assam, a muted Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated because of the lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

Very few people had visited the markets for Eid shopping in the last few days due to a huge spike in COVID-19 positive cases in Assam.

Assam State Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind president and Lok Sabha member Badruddin Ajmal had requested people to follow the government norms to contain the spread of COVID-19 and asked all to offer namaz from their homes.

With Eid excitement running low due to COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing lockdown, Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi had appealed to the people not to come out for gatherings but offer namaz from their homes.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal too had urged the people of Muslim community to follow social distancing norms and appealed them to pray for mankind in this critical time.

In Tripura, nearly four lakh Muslims celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr by maintaining social distancing norms, the president of Tripura State Jamiat Ulama (Hind) said.

There was no big assembly of people to offer namaz on the occasion of Eid, he said. Most of the masjids allowed only five people at a time to offer namaz.

“Eid is being celebrated in the country in lockdown situation. It is a festival joy, but the lockdown has dampened the festive spirit. But, we had ourselves assured the state government that social distancing would be maintained during celebration of Eid. There was no big assembly of people and we adhered to social distancing norms”, the Ulama president, Mufti Tayebur Rahaman told reporters.

The Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in Arunachal Pradesh remained a low key affair as people offered namaz at home with mosques remaining closed for congregational prayers in the wake of the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Abdul Hamid, a resident of Niti Vihar area here said that his family members stayed indoors in the interest of society amid the “coronavirus scare”.

“This morning I joined my elder brother and his son for offering Eid prayer via teleconferencing.

“My brother conducted the prayer from my home town,” said M Arif Siddiqui, an engineer from Changlang district.


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