Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Masjid committees in Assam have decided not to host mass prayers in their premises during the upcoming Eid ul-Fitr festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state government guidelines.
An office-bearer of the Burha Jame Masjid Committee in Guwahati said that there will be no mass gathering of people as usual during Eid at the Masjid or Eidgah fields for offering prayers, traditional shake of hands with one another, or exchange of embraces due to the pandemic protocols of social distancing.
As per the government guidelines for all religious places, a congregation of only five persons was allowed at either Masjid or Eidgahs, the office-bearer said.
Only five persons, including Maulana and the staff, will offer prayers in Masjid premises this holy festival, he added.
Meanwhile, the clerics have asked the believers to not crowd mosques and to follow the state government’s recent guidelines allowing a congregation of only five persons at a time at all religious places.
The Burha Jame Masjid Committee member further said that Eid celebrations will most likely be on Friday but it would depend on the sighting of the moon either on that day or earlier on Thursday.