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Eid-al-Adha 2020: What's new during Covid-19?

People offer Eid prayers at a mosque following social distancing norms in Amritsar on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr during the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown imposed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, on May 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

How Delhi-based Muslims are celebrating a safe and humble Eid

By Siddhi Jain

August 1, 2020 (IANSlife) Indians like nothing more than their festivals; it celebrates brotherhood and brings communities together. However, COVID-19 has been a dampener on festivities this year, making it tough for people to meet and enjoy the spirit of the occasion; Eid is no exception. 

Eid al-Adha or Bakri-Eid, which falls in India on today, Saturday, will be a subdued affair. With most people choosing to pray within the safety of their homes.
Sarwar Borah, a media professional who also runs a blog called, Delhi Explore told IANSlife: "The practice of 'Qurbaani' has for long been a medium to donate to madrasas. We give a major portion of the meat for the madrassa students to consume. This year, I didn't see any goat in my society. Perhaps families will make arrangements for the madrasas to sacrifice on their behalf."

"Prayer is also associated with festivities. During Eid-ul-Fitr, for the first time in our entire lives, we did not go to the mosques, as is the case with all devotees. Although religious places are open in Unlock 2, as responsible citizens, we don't think its right to step out to pray and will keep the festivities simple."

Asked if people may be celebrating online, he said: "People might be gathering on video platforms online for family and friends, but not for prayer."

Nawaal Shaab, a student and a resident of west Delhi, said over phone: "Traditionally, on Eid-al-Adha, we would get up in the morning, offer Namaaz (prayers) and go to the mosque, or madrassa, or an orphanage to sacrifice a goat ('Qurbaani'). The meat is then shared among the participating family, relatives not involved in the sacrifice, and the needy people of, say, the orphanage. At home, we cook the meat and consume it. Sewaiyan is also prepared. This Eid is more hectic than the previous one (Eid-ul-Fitr or Mithi Eid). In the evening, guests often visit.'

"This year is not like normal times. So, we and many Muslim families have decided to not do the Qurbaani this year, and instead distribute alms and groceries among the needy." 

Art curator Erum Khan bats for charity close to home, this Eid. "Look around you, are there any groups or individuals who might need essentials? Covid times are strange times, and they call for people stepping up and coming to the aid of others. Instead of purchasing expensive goats to sacrifice, or splurging on new costly clothes as is the practice during Eid, why not use that money for something better this year?" she concludes.



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