Eid-ul-Azha remains low key affair due to weekend lockdown

Thin attendance in mosques, prayers mostly offered at residences

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 1: Eid-ul -Azha (Bakra Eid) remained a low key affair in Jammu region even though the members of Muslim community offered Namaz (prayers) in their respective houses or roof tops mostly today following the restrictions and weekend lockdown enforced by authorities in view of the alarming rise in the spread of COVID pandemic.

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No joint Eid prayers as usual were offered at the respective Eid Gahs by the people belonging to Muslim community owing to restrictions and following the Government directives of maintaining social distancing. However, there was a thin assembly of some restricted people in the mosques of the city and rural areas to offer the Eid Namaz early in the morning.
People mostly offered the Namaz in their houses or on the roof tops to maintain the social distancing and directives issued by the Government.
As the Eid-ul-Azha is also called the Bakra Eid on which the sacrifices are offered but this year it too remained a low key affair as compared to previous years as all the mutton shops were closed in the city and rural areas in view of the weekly off. However some people performed the sacrifices of goats and sheep at their residences during early hours of the morning.
However people had decorated their houses with buntings and illuminated them with the lights.
Reports said that at various places the Muslim community members also offered Eid prayers early in the morning at various mosques in view of the lockdown and restrictions imposed on movement of the people outside. As the markets were closed totally there was no hustle and bustle and the people including the children who were usually seen purchasing the Eid gifts had to remain indoors.
The people offered the Eid greetings to each other either through SMSs, WhatsApp messages or phone calls. No usual hugging was seen in the markets, roadsides, lanes and by lanes as was a routine affair previously.
Reports coming from other districts said that the Eid Namaz was mostly offered in the residential houses by the people and there was no usual rush in mosques or respective Eid Gahs due to the restrictions imposed by the Government in view of COVID.
The sacrifices were also not offered at a big scale owing to restrictions however some people performed the sacrifices of sheep and goats at their residence in the name of Almighty Allah which will continue tomorrow and day after tomorrow also.
A Muslim clerk of a mosque in Jammu said that special prayers were held after the Namaz for early end of the pandemic to rid the mankind of the worries caused due to this dreaded disease.