New Delhi: The iconic Jama Masjid in Delhi was deserted as Eid was celebrated on Saturday in the coronavirus lockdown. With mosques and other religious places still shut, people offered prayers at home and greeted friends and family online.
A photographer tweeted an aerial shot of Jama Masjid, virtually unrecognisable at 7.30 am, a time when it is crammed with devotees on festival days. According to Sohaib Ilyas, who describes himself as a filmmaker and aerial photographer in his Twitter bio, only the chief cleric, Shahi Imam, and his family offered prayers at the mosque.
“Eid Mubarak to all of you. A Historical Moment: This is a shot from 7.30 in the morning today when the Eid prayer was offered at Jama Masjid. As seen the mosque is empty. Only the Shahi Imam and his family offered the prayer at the mosque,” tweeted Sohaib Ilyas.
The police in central Delhi said they had made arrangements for Eid and had cautioned people against gathering or crowding
“People have been appealed to stay home and offer namaz, and not to come out. We have been making announcements since yesterday and appealed to people via social media. People are coming out only for essential items. We are hopeful that people will stay at home and offer Namaz and celebrate Eid,” Sanjay Bhatia, a senior police officer, was quoted as telling news agency ANI when is eid al-adha 2020
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, said he and around 15 to 16 members of the mosque’s staff were present for the prayers. “People stayed at home and offered namaz as they did during Ramzan,” he was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.when is eid al-adha 2020
“People should serve those in need, including the ones affected by the disease. The virus can be defeated by people through precautions like social distancing,” the Shahi Imam said in a message on Eid.
Besides Jama Masjid, the Fatehpuri Masjid in Delhi also looked desolate with only clerics and mosque staff inside.
The Shahi Imam of the Fatehpuri mosque, Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, said people were urged to maintain distancing while celebrating Eid and avoid embracing others and shaking hands when is eid al-adha 2020.
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the close of Ramzan, the holy month of fasting and prayers for Muslims.
Eid al-Adha 2020 Date in India: Eid-al-Adha, also known as the “festival of sacrifice”, honours how Ibrahim willingly sacrificed his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command. However, before this could happen, God provided a lamb for sacrifice instead. Which is why, the festival is also known as Bakrid when is eid al-adha 2020.
Eid-al-Adha starts on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah (twelfth and final month) of the Islamic lunar calendar and ends after four days. This year, celebrations will begin on July 31 (Friday) worldwide, as announced by Saudi Arabia. The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, however, said the festival will be celebrated in India on August 1 (Saturday), as per the sighting of the moon.