Coastal Karnataka Celebrates A Sombre Eid Amidst Lockdown

Publish On: 24 May, 2020 03:28 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

MANGALURU: As the month-long fasting for Ramzan comes to an end, Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated within the coastal areas of Karnataka in a toned-down manner at homes due to the national lockdown which has led to a ban on mass gathering in mosques in the southern state in order to contain the spread of coronavirus, as per an official on Sunday, May 24

As per a statement by Malana Sagheer Ahmed Rashadi, "As decided by Markazi Ruet-e-Hilal committee member Maulana Maqsood Imran Rashidi sahib on Saturday after Maghrib, Eid is being celebrated in the state''s coastal region today (Sunday) and on Monday in other parts of the state through the moon could not be sighted on Saturday night."

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The port city, Mangaluru is 380km away from Bengaluru. It falls in the southwest region.

An Urdu teacher Habibur Rahman mentioned, "All the devout Muslims offered Eid prayers (namaz) at their home and greeted each other from a distance to maintain physical distancing. Attired in new clothes, all of us part-took the festival dishes, including biryani and kheer."

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"This is the first time in our life we are celebrating Eid at home as we are unable to go to the mosque for prayers or greet others due to the extended lockdown, which also made us observe fast during the month-long Ramadan at home," he further said.