Eid-Ul-Fitr in India: Eid-Ul-Fitr to be celebrated on May 25, Monday as moon could not be sighted today, Delhi’s Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Saturday. Also Read - 'Muslims Have Shown The Way': Uddhav Thackeray After Muslims in Maharashtra Fund 10-Bed ICU Facility With Zakat Money
Speaking to reporters, Bukhari said,” It’s important that we take precautions and maintain social distancing. We should stay away from shaking hands and hugging. We must follow guidelines issued by the government.” Also Read - Pakistani Man Urges India to Return ‘Spy' Pigeon, Says Code Attached to Bird's Foot Is His Phone Number | Watch
Notably, Eid celebrations this year have been interrupted by the crisis created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Sanjay Dutt's Wife Maanayata Dutt Celebrates Eid With Kids in Dubai as Actor Stays in Mumbai Amid Lockdown
Deputy Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Shaban Bukhari, earlier in the day, issued an advisory, requesting people to refrain from any mass gathering. Emphasising on the learnings from Islam, Syed Shaban also asked the community to help those in need during this time of crisis as an integral part of the Islamic culture.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims across the world partake in rituals and customs of Islam. The community observes stringent fasting from dusk to dawn crucial to the Islamic holy month. They offer special Taraweeh prayers only after opening their fasts and observe the same ritual for a month until Eid.
It is noteworthy that this is the first time the month of Ramadan has begun amid the lockdown.