(Pooja Pal; Intern Journalist): Eid-ul-Fitr 2020: The fear of rising infection of the coronavirus has faded the sweet Eid of the Muslim brothers and sisters. People are celebrating Eid by offering Namaz at home, at the roofs of the house. During this time, one is neither receiving any hug nor being congratulated from others with that vivacity, as it used to be.

According to the Muslim families, this Eid will be the first Eid in the country, wherein people will neither offer prayers in mosques nor visit anyone’s house. They will neither hug nor shake hands with anyone.

Moreover, this is the 1st time in the history of independent India in which the Jama Masjid of Delhi along with assorted mosques all over the country would be closed on the day of Eid. With this, people would offer Eid Namaz by staying in their homes. The time of Eid namaz is from 7-11:15 am. Meanwhile, some people have also come out of their homes, keeping physical distancing in mind. On the other hand, there have also been cases of violation of rules.

This is the first time people will not be able to include mosques in the joy of Eid. On this culinary occasion, the mosques were made to look bright. Children’s fun in the new clothes made the atmosphere happy. This time Eid Namaz is to be recited at home.

Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Dr. Mufti Mukarram Ahmed said that the Eid Namaz is from 7 am to 11.15 am. In the meantime, people should offer Namaz in their homes as per their convenience. While praying at home, read 4 Rakat Nafeel Namaz. In the Namaz, he also appealed to pray for the country to get rid of this disease. He said that before taking a bath, people should sweeten their mouth with dates, sevai, or any other sweet dish. After the namaz, people again greet each other on Eid. The Shahi Imam stated all this because of the Corona epidemic, people should not hug or shake hands. Do not call anyone at your house.

Saadia Saeed, a resident, says that her grandmother’s house is barely half a kilometer, but will not leave, taking care of herself and everyone’s health. There is no chance of giving greetings with a hug. Mubarakabad will not be given via physical presence.

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