Srinagar, May 2: Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the culmination of the holy month of Ramadhan, is being celebrated by Muslims across this part of the globe on Tuesday. Unlike last year when prayers were barred to contain covid-19 pandemic, there will be congregational Eid prayers at Hazratbal as well as shrines and mosques on May 3. There will be no prayers however at the historic Jamia Masjid or Eidgah. The administration said that holding Eid prayers at Jamia Masjid was “not possible under present circumstances”.
While Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid expressed ‘dismay’ over imposing of conditions by the authorities including undertaking for peaceful conduct of Eid prayers, the later said that it was “difficult to have peaceful conduct of Eid prayers at Jamia” as managing body of the grand mosque declined to propone prayers and hold same at 7 a.m.
“Anjum e Auqaaf Jamia Srinagar has failed to reach any consensus among its members on request of administration to schedule the prayers at 7:00 am on the day of Eid Ul Fitr to handle the situation efficiently in case of any Law & Order problems and to ensure public safety and security,” a senior police officer said, adding, “There are many reliable inputs of disruption and clashes in Jamia masjid after namaz is over which forced administration to request Jamia authorities for preponing of prayers at 7 am.”
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