Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated in Bangladesh tomorrow
Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest Muslim holy holiday, will be observed in the world tomorrow (Monday) as the Shawwal Moon was not seen in Bangladesh on Saturday night, said Md Nurul Islam, Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
The decision was taken at the National Moon Sighting Committee meeting last night after the Shawwal Moon Sighting Information was reviewed.
This year, Eid will be celebrated in a different scenario without any outdoor program and Eid Jamaat will be celebrated in Eidgahs across the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has urged Muslims to avoid Eidgah or other open places for Eid congregations and to offer prayers to local mosques to maintain recommended health advice.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs released an immediate notice in this respect on 14 May, noting that the decision had been taken as a result of the emerging Covid-19 pandemic.
“Although the Islamic Sharia encourages offering Eid prayer at Eidgah or open places, the devotees are now requested to offer their prayers at nearby mosques due to the coronavirus situation,” the notification said, adding that there can be several Eid jamaat, if necessary.
It also suggested disinfecting mosques before the Eid prayer and not rolling out carpets on the floors.
The devotees were urged to bring the prayer mats home. In addition, arrangements should be made at the entrances to the mosques for hand washing, the notification added.
Devotees will wear masks inside mosques and avoid using praying mats and caps that were kept there earlier.
Children, elderly people, people with physical illnesses, and those who take care of the sick should not be allowed to attend the jamaats.
Besides these, devotees were told to avoid handshaking and kissing during prayer — a traditional custom around the world.
However, as a result of the possibility of virus transmission, thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate Eid with their loved ones in their village homes.
Television networks and radio stations will air special programming on this day.