Srinagar, May 24 : Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the culmination of the Holy fasting month of Ramadan, was on Sunday celebrated amid lockdown in the Kashmir valley, where 21 persons have died due to Covid-19. Due to restrictions and appeals made by muslim ulmas and other religious scholars besides Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) headed by incarcerated Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq no major congregational Eid prayers were organized in the valley. However, in the interior areas in summer capital, Srinagar, including in uptown, downtown and civil lines, people defied the restrictions and offered congregational prayers in their respective mohalla mosques from 0545 hrs to 0700 hrs before police and security forces were deployed. Security forces and police personnel prevented similar congregational prayers in most of the area in the city.
Lt Governor G C Murmu, his advisors and Chief Secretary besides leaders of all political parties, including two former Chief Ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah greeted people on the occasion. Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Nasir Ul Islam late Saturday announced that Shawwal moon was sight therefore the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday. Immediately after the announcement, people were seen outside meat and chicken shops till mid-night. People celebrated the festival with religious gaiety and fervor in the valley, where authorities had imposed restrictions and asked people to remain indoors to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
There was no major congregational prayers at Asaar-e-Sharief Hazratbal shrine, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad, historic Jamia masjid, Eidgah, shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Nooruddin Wali, Hazrat Sheikh Hamza Mukhdoom and other shrines and religious places. However, reports received here said people violating the lockdown offered prayers in local mosques in the interior parts of the city. Reports said that in some areas people maintained social distance and were wearing masks while in over a dozen mosques there was no social distancing. In the Dalgate and other areas people jointly offered prayers in lawns. (UNI)