Nation set to celebrate Eid festival indoors

Iqbal Mahmud | Published: 23:59, May 22,2020


Eid-ul-Fitr may be observed tomorrow depending on the sighting of the new moon today when the country is gripped with gloom due to the coronavirus situation.

The authorities have asked people not to celebrate Eid outside their homes amid the surge in COVID-19 deaths and infections.

Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the lunar month of Shawwal at the end of the month-long fasting during the month of Ramadan.

However, there would be no Eid prayers in open spaces and people will not be allowed to move from one neighbourhood to another, the Islamic foundation officials said.

The Muslims were asked to perform Eid prayers in mosques in their respective localities following the health guideline.

The National Moon Sighting Committee will meet this evening at the conference room of Islamic Foundation in the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Complex in the capital to announce the Eid schedule after reviewing report on sighting the Shawwal moon, said officials.

The foundation director general Anis Mahmud told New Age that they have asked mosques across the country and campaigned through social media to hold the Eid congregations maintaining health directives and social distancing.

He said that despite holding Eid prayers at Eidgahs or open grounds as one of the main components of celebrating Eid by Muslims, this year’s prayers would be performed only in the mosques and people will not be allowed to move to other neighbourhood and distant mosques for the prayers.

Earlier, the religious affairs ministry issued a 13-point directive for Eid congregations where it also said that the mosque-goers were also being discouraged to embrace each other and shake hands after the Eid jamaat.

The notice also asked people to make ablution at their homes, wear masks and wash hands before entering the mosques. It also asked children, elderly people and ailing persons not to go for the prayers.

‘If necessary, more than one jamaat will be arranged at different time slots.

All the health guidelines must be followed by the devotees, failing which government authorities and police will take legal action,’ according to the public notice.

The capital’s main Eid congregation would not be held at the National Eidgah adjacent to the Supreme Court premises this year, rather there would be five Eid prayers at Baitul Mukarram Mosque from 7:00am to 11:00am, said Islamic foundation officials.

The authorities have also suspended the Eid-ul-Fitr congregation at the historic Sholakia Eidgah Maidan this year due to the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed on Tuesday urged the people to stay at home and not to celebrate outside during this Eid.

‘Stay there wherever you are, and please refrain from unnecessary Eid outing,’ the IGP requested.

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