While a number of lockdown restrictions have been eased up in national capital, mosques including Fatehpuri Masjid and Jama Masjid are ready to celebrate Ed-Ul-Adha in Delhi. The Eid-Ul-Adha is the most prominent festival of Muslims, and Delhi Muslims are all set to hold their prayers for Eid-Ul-Adha.
Eid-Ul-Adha is also known as Bakr-Eid and it is honored as a festival of sacrifice. Eid-Ul-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the Dhu al-Hijjah which is further referred to as the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. On this day Muslims sacrifice their battles, sheep, and goats and later distribute their meat among the poor people and with their family members.
The public relations officer at Jama Masjid, Sabiullah Khan said that they will follow all the guidelines and rules for the gatherings. No people will be allowed to enter the masjid by wearing a mask. The worshipers will have to carry their own prayer mats to the masjid and sanitizer themselves before stepping inside the masjid. Furthermore, they have extended the time for the gathering an hour before just to avoid rush and mass gathering.
The Muslim disciples were unable to offer their prayers in May on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr due to the COVID-19 lockdown. However, the unlock 1 commenced from June 8 gave permission to reopen religious places while following social distancing norms. While unlock 3 prohibited mass gatherings and religious functions to curtail the coronavirus spread.
The shahi imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Mufti Mukarram Ahmed said that they pleased to seek relaxation in the norms. He added that people were unable to offer their prayers during Eid-Ul-Fitr amid coronavirus lockdown. However, we are repeatedly emphasizing on the current situation and have been asking people to offer their prayers at home. Still, if they wish to visit the mosque, they are required to bring their own prayer mats, wear masks, sanitize themselves before entering the mosques. People showing coronavirus symptoms or illness will not be allowed to enter the mosques. He asserted that if local eadgars in the city get open the crowd in the mosques will not be much.
The mosques in the Okhla, northeast Delhi and old Delhi will also offer prayers for Eid-Ul-Zuha while retaining social distancing norms.
The Friday evening observed no crowd of customers whisk the market showed a deserted look as the people stayed at their homes and coronavirus pandemic. Many vendors experienced no business this year as the situation continues to prevail in the country.
During Eid-Ul-Fitr in May, vendors could not open their businesses. However, when they have open their shops, no customers are visiting the markets. Many businesses have also shut down as the shopkeepers could not pay the rent due to no sales. This is for the first time shopkeepers are facing misery on the occasion of Eve due to no sales. This year’s Eid is not similar to the years gone away. Eid-Ul-Adha is all about sharing and caring and Muslim devotees continue to hold their spirits and offer their prayers with their families.