Guwahati: Lockdown restrictions and coronavirus scare have failed to dampen the spirit of Eid-ul-Fitr as members of the Muslim community across the state celebrated the festival by staying in their respective homes and offering Eid Namaz by maintaining social distancing on Monday.
Probably for the first time in history, almost all mosques in the state remained closed due to the pandemic. “This time, we all are offering namaz at our respective homes. We have already appealed the people to stay indoors instead of visiting the mosques to offer their prayers,” Nizamul Haque, general secretary of historic Burha Jame Masjid in Guwahati, said.
Almost all the prominent Eidgah Maidams across the state wore a deserted look following the appeal from the authorities to maintain social distancing and offer Eid Namaz at the respective homes of the devotees due to the global pandemic.
Like many others, Talat Ahmed Hazarika, an advocate by profession, also offered his Eid Namaz at home along with his three-four very close family members. “We offered Eid Namaz today by staying at home only by maintaining social distancing and following all standing norms,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind extended his greeting highlighting how Eid-ul-Fitr reaffirms the belief in caring for the needy.
“Eid Mubarak! This festival is an expression of love, fraternity, peace & harmony. Eid reaffirms our belief in sharing with & caring for the vulnerable & needy. Let us carry the spirit of giving (Zakaat) on this Eid and follow social distancing norms to contain coronavirus spread,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. He took to social media to give his message as the festival is being celebrated on Monday across the country following social distancing and other requisite guidelines amid COVID-19 lockdown.
The Prime Minister tweeted, “Eid Mubarak! Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this special occasion further the spirit of compassion, brotherhood and harmony. May everyone be healthy and prosperous.”
Meanwhile, Assam governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also extended their Eid greetings to the people of the Muslim community.
“May the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr bind us all with peace and happiness and we all unitedly rededicate ourselves for the cause of humanity,” Prof Mukhi said in a statement.
The governor also urged one and all to celebrate the festival following the safety guidelines issued by the government in view of the pandemic.
In a statement, the chief minister also extended his warm wishes to all on the occasion and hoped that the festival would strengthen the bond of amity and harmony in the State. The All Assam Students’ Union and its Kamrup Metro unit along with many others social organisations have also extended their greetings on the occasion.
Meanwhile, along with rest of the state, the Eid-ul-Fitr was also celebrated in Kokrajhar and its adjoining areas by maintaining social distancing and following all prescribed norms on Monday.
Foremer BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary offered his prayers at Kokrajhar Jame Masjid, where only five devotees were allowed at a time to offer prayers.