HUBBALLI: The Darul Uloom, Deoband, and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) have asked Muslims to offer the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer at home in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Eid-ul-Fitr is the biggest Muslim festival in India. In every city, town and village, large numbers of Muslims usually offer this prayer at Eidgahs, which are open spaces, or at local mosques. But since all religious gatherings stand banned as part of social-distancing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Muslims have been facing a dilemma about how to offer the largest prayer of the year this time around. This year, Eid-ul-Fitr will fall on May 24 or 25 depending on the sighting of the moon.
The Darul-Uloom Deoband, which is a prominent Muslim seminary in India, has asked Muslims to offer congregational Eid namaz at home, preferably in the outer living rooms.
It’d be alright if someone cannot pray at home due to unavoidable reasons. Such people can individually offer two or four rak’aat of Namaz-e-Chaasht as per their convenience, reads the fatwa issued on May 16.
The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), which is a well-organised Muslim social outfit, endorsed the lockdown. The head of the JIH Shariah Council, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, and its secretary, Maulana Mohammed Raziul Islam Nadwi, stated that if there are four or more people at home, they should collectively pray the Eid namaz (two rak’aat) with additional Takbeerat. In case there are fewer than four people, they can individually pray four rak’aat of Nafl namaz.
‘Don’t crowd the markets’
The JIH asked Muslims not to crowd the markets in the last days of Ramzan and suggested that they refrain from buying new clothes. It also urged them to take care of the poor, the needy and the deprived sections of society.