Jamshedpur Muslims offer ‘Alvida Namaz’ with devotion at their homes

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Jamshedpur, May 22: Muslims in the city today offered Jummat al Vida (last Friday of Ramdan) the Alvida Namaz with traditions and harmony at their homes due to ongoing lockdown.

According to Islamic beliefs, when the faithful are on the way they are surrounded by the Angels and from the edges of the Ka’abah pours in blissful showers of mercy and forgiveness.

Muslims believe without any shadow of a doubt that the last Friday of Ramadan is the day for the acceptance of du’as (prayers).

The lockdown has resulted in many changes in Ramadan this time. With markets closed and meat supply hit due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown, Muslims are in for a Ramzan without their favourite kebabs and other chicken and mutton dishes.

The religious heads have appealed to Muslims to offer namaz during Ramzan at their homes and follow lockdown guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Since rituals are being followed at home, no one ventures out in the market places. We used to sell kebabs and biryani in the past, but things are different this time,” said an owner of takeaway centre.

Every year, the sighting of the Ramzan moon brings joy and happiness for Muslims, as this is the holiest month for them, during which they refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for 30 days.

At the crack of dawn, people gather for ‘sehri’ and eat together before beginning the fast. As the sun sets, preparations are made for ‘iftar’, when the community gets together after breaking the roza and head to mosques to perform the special ‘taraveeh’ prayers.

But, this year prominent mosques in the steel city wore a deserted look, a marked departure from the days when the poor used to line up for iftar food and alms.

In a message, the Imam has asked people not to venture outside unnecessarily and remain indoors during Ramzan for prayers.

“Namaz and Taraveeh (ritual prayer) should be offered at home. Care should be taken that not more than three to four people read the Tarabi because large numbers can be harmful for families and the society in view of the pandemic,” he said.

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