Agartala: For the second time over 4 lakh Muslims in Tripura performed namaz across the state in one thousand mosques, homes and open fields to maintain social distancing amidst the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
Speaking with reporters, state Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Mufti Tayebur Rahman said, ”This year, on Eid al-Adha or Kurbani, along with the nation, the Muslims in state stand with humanity to abide by the guidelines set by the state and central governments while performed namaz maintaining social distance.”
“We hope that if we fight together against the COVID-19 virus, we shall definitely overcome this pandemic. We also pray and seek forgiveness from the almighty for our sins and give us strength to contain the spread of coronavirus,” he said.
He also said that the world is facing the pandemic and due to this it has come to a standstill.
The Imam of state Jame Masjid earlier issued a set of restrictions, on behalf of his community, discouraging devotees against hugging each other after offering ‘namaz’ and maintaining social distance, among others.
Unlike every year, this year’s namaz was performed at 6 am instead of 9 am with a limited number of people in the premises.
Meanwhile, Tripura police have deployed security personnel across all the areas having minority population to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the celebration of Eid in the state.
Earlier, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that Eid festivities would be restricted due to lockdown. “Several festivities in the recent past like Kharchi Puja and Kher Puja, among others, could not be properly celebrated due to coronavirus. This is a difficult time. We appeal our brethren to observe Eid, upholding the government rules and cooperate with us,” he said.
Taking to Twitter, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb wrote, “Eid-ul-Adha is a festival of renunciation, renunciation and self-purification. On this occasion, I would like to extend my best wishes and congratulations to all my devout Muslim brothers and sisters. May this festival bring happiness, prosperity and joy in everyone’s life. Stay safe, stay healthy.”