The festival of Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) was celebrated across the country on Wednesday amid the shadow of the Kovid-19 epidemic and a limited number of people offered prayers in mosques due to Kovid restrictions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the countrymen on this occasion. He tweeted, “Eid Mubarak! Warm wishes on Eid-ul-Azha. May this day carry forward the spirit of collective sympathy, harmony and inclusion for the betterment of the society.
BSF and Pak Rangers presented sweets on the border
The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers presented sweets to each other at various places along the border. For the first time after the year 2019, the security forces of both the countries have shared the joys of this festival by distributing sweets. Pakistan had unilaterally stopped the practice of exchanging sweets on festive occasions after the Center scrapped the provisions of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.
A BSF spokesperson said, “The exchange of sweets on the occasion of Eid between BSF and Pakistan Rangers took place at Joint Border Post at Attari in Amritsar district of Punjab. This post falls in front of the Wagah border of Pakistan. “Similarly, the exchange of sweets took place between the forces of the two countries along the border with Pakistan in Rajasthan. In Jammu too, there was an exchange of sweets between the two forces along the border. Sweets were also exchanged between the BSF and its Bangladeshi counterpart BGB at several places along the 4,096-km-long border.
A limited number of prayers were offered in mosques across the country
The festival of Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated in mosques of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday with limited number of prayers as per the Kovid protocol. Due to the Kovid epidemic, most people celebrated the festival in their homes. In a statement issued by the Islamic Center of India, it has been said that following the Kovid protocol and the guidelines of the government, 50 people under the leadership of Imam Idgah Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali offered prayers at the historic Idgah of Lucknow wearing masks. . He prayed for the end of the corona epidemic and the development of the country.
While issuing guidelines, the government had said that in view of Kovid, not more than 50 people should gather at any place for any event related to Bakrid.
Kovid protocol was followed between Eid
In Tamil Nadu, people offered prayers in mosques following the rules related to Kovid-19. People offered prayers in mosques and at other designated places in different areas of the state. Many devotees said that they prayed for the early end of the Kovid-19 epidemic and progress for all.
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister MK Stalin, AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K. Palaniswami extended Bakrid greetings. Bakrid is also traditionally celebrated in Puducherry. Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister N. Rangaswamy congratulated the people on this occasion. Amid restrictions on public gatherings as Kerala grapples with the second wave of Kovid-19, the Muslim community celebrated Bakrid with simplicity in their homes.
People did not gather in large numbers at Idgahs and mosques to offer Namaz this year as the government has imposed strict restrictions this month due to the possibility of a re-spread of the epidemic, even after a decline in the number of infections.
Strictly following the epidemic rules, only 40 people have been allowed to offer Namaz together, due to which there was no movement in the mosques in the southern state. While offering Namaz in mosques, people were seen following the rules of social distance. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other senior leaders greeted the people of the state on Bakrid.
In Delhi, most of the people offered Namaz at home. Greeting the people of Bakrid, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Heartfelt greetings of Eid-ul-Azha to all the countrymen. May this festival bring happiness, prosperity and happiness in your life.
Delhi’s Jama Masjid and Fatehpuri Masjid were closed for common people
The hustle and bustle usually seen in mosques on Bakrid was absent. Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid and Fatehpuri Masjid were also closed for the public. Police were also deployed outside the mosques to prevent crowds from gathering. Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari said, “Due to the restrictions related to Kovid-19, congregational prayers are prohibited, only a few employees and their families offered Eid-ul-Adha prayers today.”
A senior police officer said, “Police have put up posters to wish people Eid Mubarak and also appealed to them to celebrate the festival with family at home and stay safe.” Due to the Kovid epidemic in India, most people celebrated the festival in their homes.