Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival for the Muslims, is going to be celebrated amid the lingering fear of coronavirus pandemic. Naturally, people are mostly worried about the viral disease and the pandemic-induced economic hardship. However, the way millions of people rushed to their homes despite the government’s repeated request to stay at their present locations to contain the pandemic, it seems the fear of Covid-19 will fail to dampen the religious fervour and festivity of Eid.
Though the government has instructed arranging Eid prayers inside mosques by maintaining Covid-19 health guidelines, to what extent the order will be followed is no secret. There will be no Eid prayers at the Sholakia and National Eid ground. But Eid congregation will be held amid due solemnity and religious fervour in all other mosques across the country. Prayers will be offered and divine blessings will be sought to safeguard the entire humanity from all manmade and natural disasters.Though Eid is an occasion for all Muslims to observe and celebrate, economic condition has a great role to play in it. Well-off people have the wherewithal to enjoy the happiness of Eid. Distressed and poor people find things rather heavy going. And, as mentioned above, things have become all the more excruciating for lower and middle-income people due to the ongoing economic slump. Obviously, they cannot enjoy Eid as the way they like.
Therefore, it is all the more important for us to uphold the true spirit of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is to share our joy and happiness. So, it is our moral and religious obligation to sacrifice some of our wealth and comfort for the wellbeing of the people who are in a wretched condition. The Eid is not just an occasion to observe and celebrate. It has great meanings and messages. It comes with the message that all Muslims, for that matter, people of other faiths, should be on an equal footing. All sorts of social inequality should come to an end and poverty must not be an obstacle in the society. We can do so by embracing and practising the true teachings of Islam.
We hope that people in their festive mood will not be oblivious of the harsh coronavirus reality and forget to maintain health protocols.
Eid Mubrak to our readers!