Eid celebrations low key in Tamil Nadu due to COVID-19 lockdown, families offer prayers at home

Eid celebrations low key in Tamil Nadu due to COVID-19 lockdown, families offer prayers at home Coimbatore: Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, (PTI)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Under the COVID-19 induced lockdown in Tamil Nadu, the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr remained low key with families offering prayers at home. Most of the families offered prayers from their terrace or in the garden. People from the Muslim community also reached out to the deprived sections in their community by offering them food on this auspicious occasion.

“Like last year, this time too, the celebration was quiet and confined mostly to the precincts of our homes in view of the prevailing pandemic situation,” said M Mohammed Ibrahim of Mannady in the city.

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Earlier, the Daarul Ulum Deoband issued a fatwa and directed all Muslims to celebrate the festival while observing all the COVID-19 norms. The fatwa also said that not being able to offer ‘namaz’ in such circumstances is totally acceptable and forgiven in Islam.

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Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi who is the ‘nayab mohtamim’ of the organisation that it is better to offer ‘Nazam e Chast’ which is a ‘nafal’ or optional prayer that can be done anytime between 09:00 am to 11:00 pm. However, some Islamic bodies such as Hyderabad’s Jamia Nizamia have said that people can offer namaz in halls, schools while following social distancing norms.

Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) 51 battalion exchanged sweets with 18 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at the Fulbari Indo-Bangladesh border. BSF Deputy Commandant (DC) SS Meenaa 51 battalion was present at the programme.

The Indian Army and Pakistan Army also celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr on the Line of Control (LoC) at Poonch-Rawalakot Crossing Point and Mendhar-Hotspring Crossing Point in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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