Eid today, no congregational prayers

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, May 23: Shawwal moon has been sighted marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadhan and Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow with no congregational prayers.
The moon has been sighted this evening marking the end of month of Ramadhan and Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across J&K tomorrow.
This will be for the first time that people here will be celebrating Eid amid COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed 21 lives and infected over 1500 people so far.
There will be no congregational Eid prayers across Kashmir tomorrow as both Government and Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema Jammu and Kashmir, the amalgam of various religious organization in Kashmir, headed by Mirwaiz Omar Farooq has asked people to stay away from religious gatherings on the auspicious occasions of and Eid-ul-Fitr, due to COVID-19.
In a statement issued here earlier this week they said that all religious gatherings on the auspicious occasions of Shab-e-Qadr, Jumat-ul-Vida and Eid-ul-Fitr, will remain suspended.
The MMU appealed people to continue to carry on with prayers and other faith related activities in their homes in view of the rising graph of Covid-19 cases in Kashmir and asked people to take precautionary measures.
The major Eid congregations are normally held at Eidgah in Srinagar, Hazratbal and other major Masjids across Kashmir Valley.
The Masjids and shrines including Dargah Hazratbal and historic Jamia Masjid in old City area of Srinagar remained locked for the devotees as precautionary measure in wake of the Coronavirus. In fact Masjids and shrines remained locked from last over two months now following the directions by the Government with an aim to prevent the disease from spreading.