Guwahati: Despite the pandemic scare, Muslim devotees across the Northeast celebrating Eid-ul-Adha in high spirit, albeit while maintaining all COVID-19 safety protocols on Saturday.
In majority of the areas in the region, devotees were seen offering prayers at their respective homes and mosques were seen attendance of very less number of devotees due to the deadly virus. The mosque authorities at various places are ensuring body temperature check of the devotees and providing them with hand sanitiser.
In Guwahati, following the restrictions imposed by the state administration, almost all the mosques offered prayers with the attendance of maximum of five numbers of devotees. Majority of the devotees in the city offered prayers at their respective homes maintaining all safety protocols.
Some of the prominent mosques of the city have also cancelled the Eid prayers this time following the restrictions imposed by the state administration.
In its order, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration said that keeping in mind the festive season amid COVID-19 pandemic, government has allowed a gathering of five people for performing namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha. However, all the people gathered at the masjid and idgahs have to follow social distancing protocols at the time of performing the namaz and have to wear face mask mandatorily, the order said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his wishes on the occasion and hoped the “spirit of brotherhood and compassion be furthered”.
“Eid Mubarak! Greetings on Eid al-Adha. May this day inspire us to create a just, harmonious and inclusive society. May the spirit of brotherhood and compassion be furthered,” the prime minister tweeted.
The chief ministers of almost all the Northeastern states have also wished people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
In his Twitter message, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Greetings on Eid-ul-Zuha. May the holy occasion of sacrifice, brotherhood and love bring good health, happiness, peace and harmony in everyone’s life.”
Arunachal Pradesh Chief minister Pema Khandu said, “ Happy #EidMubarak to all Muslim brothers and sisters. Wishing happiness, peace and prosperity to all.”
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said, “Wishing you a very Happy #EidulAdha2020. Here’s wishing you & your family happiness, good health, & prosperity on this auspicious occasion of Eid.