Eid-ul-Zuha to be celebrated in Goa today amid strict Covid restrictions | Goa News – Times of India


VASCO: Eid-ul-Adha, which commemorates the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim, will be celebrated in India and other parts of Asia on Wednesday. It was celebrated in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom on Tuesday.
Due to Covid-induced restrictions, devotees have been requested to maintain adequate social distance at mosques. “We have asked all masjids to follow SOPs laid out by the government and not to create a rush. We have also asked devotees to avoid shaking hands and hugging one another,” president of the Association of All-Goa Muslim Jamat, Bashir Shaikh, said.
He also said qurbani (animal sacrifice) will begin at the Goa Meat Complex in Usgao-Tisk from Wednesday and last till Friday.
Seven mosques in Margao, Ponda, Borda and some other parts of the state have been sanitised to allow people to visit for prayer while maintaining social distancing according to each mosque’s capacity, president of Popular Front of India (Goa), Shaikh Abdul Rauf, said .
Considered by the Muslim community to be the ‘feast of sacrifice’, Eid-ul-Adha commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as an act of obedience and dedication to Allah. “Pleased with his devotion, Allah sent a sheep to be slaughtered in place of Ismail. Ever since then, cattle sacrifice is a major part of Eid-ul-Adha celebrations,” Hafiz Noor Mohammed Shaikh, who runs a madrasa, told TOI.
He said Muslims who sacrifice animals have to compulsorily divide the meat into three equal parts. One part goes to the poor, the other to relatives and the third remains with the person who offers the sacrifice.
As this Eid falls in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar, it is also the time when pilgrims undertake their pilgrimage of Hajj. “When we enter the first 10 days of this blessed month, the Muslims’ hearts and prayers are with those undertaking the holy pilgrimage of Hajj during days,” Shaikh said.
Since part of the celebrations involves helping the poor, the Students Islamic Organization and Jamat-E-Islami Hind — both of which provide free meals for relatives of Covid-19 patients outside each hospital in Goa — have distributed Eid kits. “We identified at least 180 needy families for the purpose across the state,” SIO member Suheb Naik, said.

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