Amid the fourth phase of the lockdown, members of the Muslim community in Dehradun and elsewhere in the state celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr indoors on Monday. The prayer meetings and community celebrations associated with the occasions were missing this time due to measures taken to check the spread of Covid-19.
Since any type of religious gathering is prohibited during the lockdown, many people offered their prayers at home with their family members while some did it alone.
According to college student Farheen Parveen, “I offered my prayers in my room. Later, I made some sevain and shared it with my roommate. My family lives in Delhi and my parents asked me to stay here because they said that Delhi is in more critical situation than Dehradun. Of course, this was the saddest Eid celebration of my life but we are still lucky to have shelter, food and safety in these hard times unlike hundreds of people in our country.”
Local vendor Asif Sheikh said that he could not return to his family in Saharanpur due to lockdown, therefore he celebrated Eid with his neighbours. Talking about maintaining social distance during Eid, Sheikh said his neighbours invited him for a feast including some other people who were alone this Eid but everyone maintained social distancing at their home while regularly sanitising their hands. “We are not highly educated but we know that novel coronavirus infection can spread from anybody to anyone, therefore we are trying to lead a normal life while taking all the precautions,” he added. A local resident Mohammad Ali also said that he celebrated Eid with his family at home and he hopes that the situation in the city will get back to normal soon.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun