As Muslims gear up to celebrate Eid amid the pandemic, the Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa asking Muslims to offer their Eid prayers at home, instead of congregating at mosques. The fatwa comes amid an extension of lockdown as the country battles rising Covid19 cases and the spread of infection.
Under the lockdown 4.0, that gives more powers to states to decide on relaxations that are allowed, religious and other large gatherings continue to remain banned. Even funerals and weddings can have only limited attendance.
The fatwa was issued in response to a query put to the seminary, its spokesman Ashraf Usmani was quoted by a news agency.
The fatwa said that not holding the Eid namaz, the festival falls on May 24 or 25 this year, in the usual manner is pardonable given the circumstances such as these.
Across the world, clerics and nations have urged Muslims to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan virtually and not to congregate at public places. The festival is usually marked by communal prayers in mosques and getting together with friends and family.