Subdued Eid in K’taka amid COVID-19 curbs

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), August 1:- Thousands of devout Muslims celebrated a subdued Eid-ul-Adha (Bakrid) across Karnataka, with the majority of them offering namaz at home as per the COVID-19 induced guidelines to contain the pandemic, an official said on Saturday.

“As advised by ‘ulemas’ (scholars) and ‘qazis’ after ‘Jumma’ (Friday) namaz, most of the devout offered Eid prayers in their homes, while a few did it inside mosques, wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing,” a Waqf board official said.

Though the board informed the community on Thursday that Eid prayers could be offered inside mosques keeping social distancing and other guidelines, state Haj and Wakf department secretary A.B. Ibrahim on Friday appealed to the devout to offer namaz at home to avoid crowding and risk of being infected due to surge in coronavirus cases across the state, especially in Bengaluru.

“As directed, prayers were offered by 8.30 a.m., ‘qurbani’ (sacrifice) was made by 11 a.m., followed by a dawat (festival meal) at homes in cities and towns across the southern state,” said the official.

Admitting that this is the first time in decades, Bakrid could not be held in open grounds (Idgah maidan) and outside mosques due to curbs on assembling or gathering of people in large numbers, the official said the devout had complied with the order of the Wakf board, ulemas and qaziz for safe health of all.
The Eid marks the spirit of sacrifice Ibrahim made by offering to sacrifice his son Ismail to god’s command though a lamb was substituted in his place in a symbolic gesture.

Citizens above 60 years, persons with co-morbidities or asymptomatic and children below 10 also offered namaz at home as advised.

Earlier in the day, caretakers of mosques disinfected the premises and surroundings before and after namaz. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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