With the imposition of lockdown by the Telangana Government and more so the brutal use of force against the Palestinians by the Zionists regime at Gaza, the festive fervor this Eid-ul-Fitr may go less enthusiastic as Muslims in the country are preparing themselves for festive day on Friday after the moon sighted on Thursday.
“The restriction brings back misery and casts a shadow over the hand to mouth survival. We have no option but to celebrate the festival by watching mute faces of the children at home. Lockdown snatch the cheers from our children’s faces. The peak hours of business lost due to an untimely imposition of lockdown and takes away all the hope of once in a year profit this year. Whatever left behind is the paltry wherewithal to survive. The only job left with us is to sit at home counting the days,” bemoaned Moin, who sells fruits at Naya Pul, Afzal Gunj.
“The restrictions no doubt won’t allow us to perform Eid with joy and fervor this time due to pandemic. And for sure our hearts go out for the Palestinians too who are fighting for the liberty of Masjid-ul-Aqsa – a holiest place of Muslims, and suffering into the hands of Zionist regime having built their state on Palestinians land. We would confine this Eid to praying for those Palestinians who lost their lives in the battle and try to keep the festivities completely a low key affair with just praying for the protection of Masjid-e-Aqsa,” said Syed Shoukat Ali.
“Government should at least allow people to have Eid prayers at eidgah in the city as this occasion comes only once in a year. Precautions, for sure, are very important but people too became very cautious about pandemics and even maintaining social distance while congregating in mosques. Masks and social distancing is quite evident everywhere as people get used to it these days and allowing a few minutes for congregation with covid-19 appropriate behavior makes sense,” said Mir Mushtaq.