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As corona looms, India celebrates Eid behind doors; President, PM greet people on the occasion

As corona looms, India celebrates Eid behind doors; President, PM greet people on the occasion

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 May 2020, 11:06 am

New Delhi/UNI/IBNS: Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated across India with usual fervour and enthusiasm even as people remain behind closed doors maintaining social distance amid coronavirus induced lockdown.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted the people of the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

 

"Eid Mubarak! This festival is an expression of love, fraternity, peace & harmony. Eid reaffirms our belief in sharing with & caring for the vulnerable & needy. Let us carry the spirit of giving (Zakaat) on this Eid and follow social distancing norms to contain coronavirus spread,'' the President said in a tweet.

''Eid Mubarak! Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this special occasion further the spirit of compassion, brotherhood and harmony. May everyone be healthy and prosperous,'' the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Naqvi said, ''Due to Corona, all religious, gatherings were postponed since last month, Similarly all religious duties of Ramadan & #Eid were performed at homes. This precaution, discipline will ensure our health & well-being. Inshaallah we will celebrate next Eid with same fervour. Ameen”.

Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Uttar Pradesh on Monday was a low-key affair as Muslims offered the special namaz at their houses and avoided reaching Eidgah or mosques in view of the lockdown.

The clerics and political leaders had appealed to the people to offer namaz in their houses to maintain social distancing in wake of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

All major Mosques and Eidgah have pasted notices outside  saying that no prayers would be held and people were asked to offer namaz in their homes.

People preferred to offer Eid prayers at home -- either individually or in small groups comprising family members.

"We should comply with the lockdown norms for our own good. It is always better to be cautious regarding such infectious diseases. Everyone should follow the rules and guidelines established by the government," said Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, who too offered namaz within few numbers of devotees.

There were almost no shopping for Eid in UP this time as all shops and business establishments in the main markets were closed on the directions of the administration and people have been advised to stay at their homes.

A report from Sitapur said that senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan offered namaz in the Sitapur district jail along with other inmates.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, SP president Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati have greeted the people on the occasion.

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang today extended  warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim, particularly people from the Muslim community on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr.

'‘Id-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan. The festival is a celebration of togetherness, brotherhood, and gratitude to the Almighty," he said.

 In his message,  the chief minister has expressed the hope that this auspicious occasion would be the harbinger of peace, progress, prosperity and happiness and would strengthen the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood, and amity, which are the hallmarks of Sikkim’s traditions.

In Telangana, this year, the prayers were offered by the faithfuls from the confines of their homes due to restrictions on religious gatherings.

The usual scenes witnessed on the occasion  in the past like the people hugging each other and wishing "Eid mubark" were also missing this time around.

Thousands of Muslims offered prayer for people suffering and dying from the contagious virus across the world.

They also offered prayers for the doctors, nurses, para medical staff and administrations of all the hospitals around the world to the Almighty 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 witnesses large congregations during Eid-ul-Fitr, wore a deserted look.

Shillong Muslim Union General Secretary Sayeedullah Nongrum told UNI, “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.”

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday greeted the Muslim brethren on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is being celebrated in a subdued manner due to Coronavirus-related restrictions.

''Warm greetings of Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival of peace and harmony bring happiness in life,'' Mr Yediyurappa said in his message.

He congratulated the Muslim fraternity for cooperating with the State Government by offering prayers at home during the holy month of Ramzan and supporting to contain COVID-19.

''I hope the same trend will continue during the festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr too. I thank you all for your support in the fight against COVID-19,'' he said.

The Eid festivities were a low-key affair as Muslim brethren celebrated the festival indoors in view of lock-down to contain spread of Coronavirus on Monday.

On the occasion of Eid, there was no trading in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday on account of  'Eid ul Fitr' informed official sources.

The Foreign exchange  market also remained closed for  the Muslim festival, added official sources.

(Images: UNI)