Eid’l Fitr activities cancelled
DAVAO CITY, May 2 (PIA)- The Muslim community in Davao Region will no longer hold the public morning prayer and gift-giving of cow and goat’s meat to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Aleem Mohammad Pasigan, the grand mufti for Davao Region announced the cancellation of the Eid’l Fitr is a way for the community to abide with the control mechanisms imposed by the national and local government against the transmission of the COVID-19 infection.
He said prayers must be offered by the individual Muslim faithful at home.
“It is indeed very sad to commemorate a joyful celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pasigan said.
He said the new moon might be seen on Friday, ending their one month of fasting or Ramadan.
However, Pasigan said that if the new moon is not seen on Friday, Eid’l Fitr may be celebrated on Saturday in a subdued manner where commemoration is at home.
He said Muslim families can still gather at home with the head of the family acting as the Grand Imam, so that Divine Grace will still be enjoyed by everyone, despite the cancellation of the community prayer and other Eid-al Fitr activities due to the COVID-19.
Pasigan said since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, community prayer inside the mosque is not allowed. Most of the time, they pray at home.
“There will be no prayer, even during the moon watching activity on May 22,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malacanang issued Proclamation No. 944 declaring Monday (May 25) as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Ftr (Feast of Ramadan) (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)