For the second consecutive year, Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated in a subdued manner across India. Similar pictures were also seen in Guwahati where no big congregations were held due to the restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19. The majority of residents stayed indoors and offered prayers from their homes following the COVID-19 guidelines. Meanwhile, in mosques, only five persons, including the Maulana were allowed to offer prayers as per guidelines.
Speaking to EastMojo, Zunaid Khalid, General Secretary of the Kamrup district Jamiat Ulama said, “It is sad that we have not been able to celebrate Eid as per our religious rituals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But given the current situation, we have to abide and follow the guidelines mentioned by the government. Although it is difficult for us to offer ‘Namaz’ from our homes and not visit other people’s homes to greet them like the previous years, even then we have to follow the protocols.”
Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also conveyed their greetings to the people of Assam on the joyous occasion. In his message, the Governor said, “Eid-ul-Fitr means ‘festival of breaking the fast.’ The festival is celebrated based on an Islamic belief by following the norm of social practice.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister in his greeting said, “May this festival, at the end of pious month of Ramadan, strengthen the bond of brotherhood and uphold the tradition of amity and communal harmony in the state.”