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Kashmir observes Eid-ul-Adha today

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Major shrines, Masjds to remain closed for prayers

Srinagar: Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice will be observed with religious zeal and fervor across Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. However, there will be no Eid prayers at Eidgah and other major shrines across Kashmir.
Notably, Eid-ul-Adha is being observed on the 10th of Dhu’l-Hijjah, last month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims offers a goat or sheep or a bovine as a sacrificial animal on this Eid.
Allah ordered Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Ismail. When the father moved the blade on his son’s throat to carry out the divine command, an animal from heaven replaced Ismail (AS). It is to celebrate the absolute submission of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to Allah’s command and the saving of Ismail’s life that Muslims offer animal sacrifices on Eid-ul-Adha.
Meanwhile, in wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, no huge congregational prayers are expected on this Eid as the majority of the shrines and Masjids including Dargah Hazratbal and historic Jamia Masjid in Old city Srinagar will remain closed for prayers.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wakf Board, Mufti Muhammad Farid-ud-din said that the Eid prayers would unlikely be offered at the shrines and Masjids falling under the Waqf board as most of these religious places have been closed.
The Muslims would offer mandatory Eid prayers at local Masjids in their respective localities.
In wake of the pandemic, the government has also appealed to people to avoid large gatherings to prevent the virus from spreading and also thwart the possible third wave.
As per the Islamic teachings, the Muslims across JK will start performing the act of sacrificing animals following the congregational Eid prayers.
Meanwhile, the markets in Kashmir especially the commercial Hub Lal Chowk and other adjacent areas in Srinagar witnessed a huge rush of shoppers from past several days, who were seen buying essentials and other food stuff for the Eid.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole said that given the covid-19 pandemic no big gathering will be allowed across Kashmir zone.
Saying that the administration is well prepared to face the possible third wave of COVID-19, the Divisional Commissioner said that no big religious gatherings will be allowed across the valley be it Amarnath Yatra or Eid prayers and people must follow required measures to beat the intensity of virus.
The Divisional Commissioner Tuesday visited the border district Kupwara and reviewed the Covid-19 and vaccination situation in the district. He also visited Handwara along with other officials.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of his visit, Pole said that the authorities are well prepared for the possible third wave of COVID-19 but a lot depends on people as well as how much they would allow it to affect them.
He said that Oxygen plants are being installed at the district and sub-district hospitals across the Kashmir valley.
On religious gatherings, Pole said that emotions are involved in every religious gathering and after the 2nd wave the government has decided not to allow any big religious gathering to take place be it Amarnath Yatra, Eid-Ul-Fitr, or the upcoming Eid (Eid-Ul-Adha).
He said that large-scale congressional prayers won’t be allowed and people must pray from their homes in a decentralized manner to avoid the upcoming challenges. (KNO)

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