Eid Celebrations amid Covid 19 and Palestine Massacre

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This year was different in many aspects. Muslims across the globe had a very different Ramadan and therefore celebrated Eid- ul-Fitr with masks as coronavirus restrictions threw shadows over the festival’s mass gatherings and family gatherings. Many COVID-hit countries, including Pakistan, imposed restrictions, shut shops, and other mass activities. We had another Eid under the shadow of Covid-19. The virus is very much around, intense as violently as last year. Thus it was essential to be extra careful while celebrating this festival. Eid prayers were held at open areas in mosques and Eidgahs across the country following government-devised guidelines and other measures to control the spread of the contagion disease.  Special prayers were offered for the well-being of the country, while the clerics highlighted the importance of the festival. Prayers were also offered for the people of Palestine and Indian-occupied Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr. Arif Alvi in their messages, called on the nation to rigorously adhere to safety protocols while celebrating Eid, adding that the measures were compulsory to shun an enormous outbreak. Prime Minister Imran Khan recommended that the whole nation should firmly pursue preventive measures and show kindness to the less fortunate while celebrating Eid. He said, “The world is witnessing a third peak of the pandemic.  adding that people should exercise extra caution and strictly abide by guidelines. The precautions are also the injunctions of Islam as well as the teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)”.  He also asked the nation to take special care of the poor and needy, specifically the families suffering financially due to the pandemic while celebrating the festival. He also called for recall those who had sacrificed their lives for a greater cause to bring pride to the nation. He particularly mentioned those living under the oppression by Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir. We all had a different Eid but celebrated it being an independent citizen of a country. The people of Palestine and Indian occupied Kashmir had another Eid under siege, violence, atrocities, and human Rights violations.

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