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Offer Eid prayer at home if lockdown extended: Lucknow Clerics urge Muslims

The appeal signed by four leading clerics of Lucknow among other things also said that buying new clothes for Eid is not mandatory

Tuesday May 12, 2020 10:27 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Fatwa Eid in Lockdown

Lucknow: The Lucknow-based Darul Uloom Farangi Mahali has appealed Muslims to offer the Eid prayer and Juma tul Wida on the last Friday of Ramadan in their homes, if the lockdown is extended beyond May 17 and gatherings remain prohibited.

Eid ul Fitr 2020 is likely to be celebrated on May 23 or 24. The final decision will be taken based on sighting of new moon..

The appeal signed by four clerics -- Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali, Maulana Nasrullah, Maulana Naeem-Ur-Rahman Siddiqui and Maulana Mohammad Mushtaq-states, among other things also said that buying new clothes for Eid is not mandatory.

Not more than five people in mosques

The fatwa that was issued in response to a query, further said, "For Alvida (Juma tul Wida) and Eid namaaz, the Imam and muezzin (person who gives out the azaan) of the mosque and only three other people, should offer the prayers in the mosque. This count should not exceed beyond five people following social distancing norms."

Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, a well-known Sunni cleric, said that instead of buying new clothes, people should wear clean and good clothes that they already have.

He asked people not go out of their homes to congratulate others on Eid, but to call up friends and family to share the happiness of the festival.

Maintain social distancing

He asked people not to embrace each other -- as is the custom -- and maintain social distancing.

He said that people should do maximum amount of charity and help those in need on Eid.

Shia cleric and senior vice president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, has also made similar appeals.

"Eid should be celebrated with utmost simplicity this year and people should stay safe at their homes and not go outside. The budget earmarked for Eid should be cut down and the money be donated to the poor who are suffering because of this pandemic", he said.

How to offer Eid prayer at home

Appeals to offer Eid prayer at home and avoid congregations have also been issued by scholars in Saudi Arabia and those in other Muslim countries, including Malaysia.

"If the status quo persists (i.e. restrictions continue), making it impossible to hold Eid prayer at mosques, people will have to pray at home and no sermon will follow the Eid prayer", Saudi Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh said.

He said that the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta had issued a fatwa that it was desirable for whoever missed congregational Eid prayers to perform it without a sermon following it.

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