Srinagar: Eid-al-Fitr is being celebrated with solemnity amid raging pandemic in Kashmir today.
Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam late on Wednesday announced that evidence of moon sightings were received by him from different parts of Kashmir and Eid will will be celebrated on Thursday.
Mufti’s message followed a late night announcement by the Pakistan Ruet-e-Hilal Committee declaring Shawwal moon has been sighted and Thursday was Eid-al-Fitr.
In New Delhi Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari announced that the Shawwal moon had not been sighted. Therefore, Friday, May 14, will be the Eid-ul-Fitr in India.
Eid festival depends on the lunar calendar and is celebrated across the world on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Hijri calendar.
For the second consecutive year, there will be no congregational prayers and get- togethers on the occasion of Eid-ul Fitr due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Muslim clerics here urging the community members to celebrate the festival at home in a simple manner.
With the coronavirus pandemic ravaging through the country and other parts of the world, it is expected that Eid celebrations will be low-key. Eid ul Fitr is also known as a festival of charity and gratitude that brings deep spiritual awakening for its followers.
One of the five pillars of Islam is Zakat that means charity and on this day followers believe in giving money, food, clothes and other items of necessity to the poor. In fact, many Muslims give Zakat before offering Eid prayers.
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