Kerala celebrates Id-ul-Fitr

Lockdown or no lockdown, Id-ul-Fitr brings moments of joy after the month long fasting in Ramzan. Children in Malappuram celebrating the Id by applying henna on their hands.   | Photo Credit: Sakeer Hussain

Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Friday across India barring Kerala amid COVID-19 restrictions. In Kerala, the festival, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramzan, is celebrated on Thursday.

Clerics in Delhi, including Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Ahmed Bukhari, said the moon was not sighted on Wednesday and hence the festival of Id will be on May 14.

Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Mufti Mukarram Ahmed also announced that the moon was not sighted this evening. Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind, after its meeting, announced that moon sighting was not reported from Delhi or any other part of the country, its secretary Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi said.

All religious leaders have appealed to the Muslims to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols and offer their Eid prayers at home.

Top Muslim clerics in Kerala, including Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, Kanthapuram A. P. Aboobacker Musaliar and leaders of Samastha Kerala Jamiat-ul-Ulema, said Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the State on Thursday as the 30-day fasting completed on Wednesday. They had issued a statement on Tuesday saying the moon was not sighted.

Greeting Muslims of the State, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Id-ul-Fitr shares the message of humanity, unity and compassion.

"Let it help us to overcome the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. Greetings to all of you for observing the month of Ramadan in tune with the Covid induced restrictions," he tweeted. PTI

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