Eid-ul-Adha 2021: Devotees Across India Offer Prayers; PM, President Extend Greetings

New Delhi: Follow all COVID-19 protocols amid the ongoing pandemic, devotees from all over India offered namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha on Wednesday.

Devotees offer namaz at Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad (Photo Credit: ANI)

New Delhi: Follow all COVID-19 protocols amid the ongoing pandemic, devotees from all over India offered namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter and greeted the nation on Eid-ul-Adha today.

“Eid Mubarak! Best wishes on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day further the spirit of collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of greater good,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

“Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens. Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society. Let us resolve to follow COVID-19 guidelines and work for happiness of all,” the President of India said on Twitter.

In the national capital, devotees were seen offering namaz at the Fatehpuri Masjid, Jamia Masjid, Jama Masjid among others. However, no mass gatherings were spoted at Delhi’s Jamia Masjid for Bakrid prayers this year.

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Furthermore, only a limited number of devotees were grated permission to offer namaz at the Jama Masjid, and the Shahi Imam, Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari had also appealed all to offer namaz for the occasion from home.

“We need to follow COVID-19 guidelines for the safety of ourselves and for our families in view of the third wave. We had decided to allow limited people to offer namaz at Jama Masjid. 15-20 people offered prayers,” Bukhari said.

“Keeping COVID guidelines in mind, we cancelled general namaz timings. Except for a few locals, there were no other visitors as prayers were offered here in wee hours to avoid the rush,” Jama Masjid Imam said.

Devotees offer namaz at Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad (Photo Credit: ANI)

Speaking on the how crowded the Jama Masjid area otherwise is, Jasmeet Singh, DCP Central District, Delhi Police praised the cooperation of the devotees in maintaining COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour.

“People are cooperating with us and maintaining COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. Otherwise, it’s a very crowded area (Jama Masjid). Imam Sahab has also made an announcement here and appeal people to offer namaz at home,” Singh said.

Expressing his thoughts on celebrating Eid-Al-Adha during the pandemic, Mufti Mukarram, the Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid said, “I have appealed the people to offer their kurbani from where ever it is possible. I have asked them to understand the situation, and to cooperate with the police and local administration.”

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“If someone is unable to make their sacrifice at their own place, I would suggest them to get it done at a different neighbourhood or even city. There are three days for offering the sacrifice, and if, by chance, one is unable to do so within that time, one should simply donate the amount set aside for the sacrifice,” he added.

“The more important thing is to remember his (Allah) name. Even if just 5 men offer their namaz at the mosque, its piousness remains the same. But it is important for all to pray,” he further added.

Eid-ul-Adha, also known as Greater Eid or the ‘festival of sacrifice’, is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the lunar or Islamic calendar.

Widely known as Eid Qurban or Qurban Bayarami as well, it also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Eid-ul-Zuha is the second Islamic festival of the year and follows Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

(With ANI Inputs)