Telangana Muslim Leaders Urge Community to Offer Eid Prayers at Home

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Earlier, Shahi Imams of Delhi’s Jama Masjid and Masjid Fatehpuri also made similar appeal

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — After the announcement made by Syed Ahmed Bokhari, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid and Dr Mufti Mohammed Mukarram Ahmed, Shai Imam of Masjid Fatehpuri, about the cancellation of the congregational Eid prayers at respective big mosques of the national capital, Muslim leaders of Telangana on Wednesday appealed to the community to offer Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at home in view of the statewide lockdown.

Various religious leaders of the community held a webinar in Hyderabad on the issue and made a joint appeal to the people to offer prayers at home.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said the leaders took a collective decision that in view of the lockdown and the government order for closure of all places of worship, ‘Namaz-e-Eid’ should be offered at home, reports IANS.

“Three to four persons will offer prayers in mosques because we can’t leave mosques deserted but all others should pray at home,” Owaisi said. He also called for strictly observing all Covid guidelines like wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

Owaisi said that the lockdown will hit poor people hard. “I have always been against lockdowns but this is a high court order and the government has also issued a GO,” he said, according to the report.

Asaduddin Owaisi appealed to the people to make a special supplication during their Eid prayers at home for an end to the pandemic for the sake of entire humanity.

A ten-day lockdown came into effect across Telangana on Wednesday. The government is giving a four-hour relaxation every day from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to enable people to buy essential items.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday or Friday depending on the sighting of the new moon.

In Delhi, Syed Ahmed Bokhari and Dr Mufti Mohammed Mukarram Ahmed in a video message also appealed to the masses to offer Eid prayers at home to avoid large gatherings and requested the community to offer special dua to save the humanity from this deadly pandemic.

(With inputs from IANS)

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