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Celebration of Eid-ul-Azha amidst Corona pandemic and restrictions

Eid-ul-Azha, the festival of sacrifice is the second of the two Islamic festivals celebrated world-wide. However, in the backdrop of Corona pandemic and several restrictions imposed by the Government, the Sharia Council of Jamaat-e-lslami Hind has appealed the Muslim community to follow its guidelines while celebrating Eid-ul-Azha. Quoting Hadith regarding Qurbani on the festival day, the Sharia Council has stated that Qurbani was the most cherished deed in the eyes of Allah and therefore Muslims must try and offer Qurbani on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. However, the people upon whom the act of Qurbani is obligatory, should try to get their Qurbani done at a different place, if they are unable to do it despite their desire and requisite efforts because of the governmental restrictions and other impediments. Further, if it is not possible to get their Qurbani done at a different place, they should give Sadaqah (charity) to the poor of an amount equivalent to the cost of sacrifice after the ‘days of sacrifice’. The Sharia Council has urged the Muslim community to follow the guidance and commandments of ‘Deen’ (religion) and ‘Shariah’ (Jurisprudence) by remaining within the confines of the law of the land by refraining from the sacrifice of those animals that face legal restrictions from being slaughtered. Precautionary measures like cleanliness, hygiene and offering of Qurbani on the roads should also be exercised in the light of the prevailing conditions due to the pandemic.

While appreciating the community for their adherence of restrictions and a low key celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the Sharia Council has requested the Muslims to show similar attitude while celebrating the upcoming Eid-ul- Azha festival. It has also advocated for Eid prayer at home at the places where the government has imposed restrictions due to Covid-19.


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