NCMF Enjoins Muslims to Hold Eid Prayers at Home
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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — EID’L FITR prayers should be perform at home, not in mosques, or other public spaces.
This is because of the continuing threats post on every citizen by the deadly 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
As this developed, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has proclaimed, Monday, May 25, 2020 as a regular holiday nationwide in observance of the post-Ramadan Eid celebrations.
The coronavirus global pandemic has disrupted people’s lives across the world, including religious gatherings/activities in public places.
In the Muslim world of an estimated 1.6-billion people, the holy month of Ramadan started on April 24, which makes fasting doubly difficult because of quarantine and lockdown restrictions. Last day of Ramadan is a day or two away, followed by Eid’l Fitr prayers and celebrations.
According to the Department of Health (DOH) the Philippines as of 4 p.m., May 20, has 13,221 confirmed cases and 2,932 patients who recovered. Active cases at 9,447, and fatalities, 842.
Thus, the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) headed by Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan today, May 21, enjoined Islam believers to hold their early morning Eid prayers at home.
He issued the advisory in compliance and to reiterate the directives from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) contained in its Circular No. 37.
The NCMF head said the circular is based on “Omnibus Guidelines in Implementing the Community Quarantine in the Philippines.”
In compliance with the circular concerning “areas under ECQ, MECQ and GCQ, Eid’l Fitr Prayers AT HOME are earnestly enjoined,” Pangarungan says.
He said anyone who will pray at home may watch IBC TV 13 or 15 on Sunday, May 24, 7 to 8 a.m. an Eid prayer and Khutba to be officiated by Dr. Julkipli Wadi at the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies (UP IIS), Quezon City.
“Let us celebrate Eid’l Fitr with supplications to Almighty Allah under the spirit of unity and solidarity with the Filipino people and the Muslim world in the fight against Covid-19, and obey our government authorities who are committed to the safety and well-being of our people in general,” Pangarungan appeals.
The NCMF secretary pointed out that the circular of the IATF-MEID includes, among others, guidelines on areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine which prohibits the holding of any mass gatherings in public or private settings;
Areas that are now classified under Modified ECQ (MECQ) are still prohibited from holding public mass gatherings. Imams and other religious ministers are allowed to provide home religious services provided that proper health and safety protocols are observed;
On the other hand, General Community Qurantine (GCQ)-covered areas, minimum health and safety precautions, such as social distancing and wearing of masks, should be in place. In addition, religious gatherings done at home should not have more than 10 people.
Eid’l Fitr falls every year on the first day of Shawwal, the month after Ramadan in the lunar Islamic Hegirah calendar.
“The entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, subject to existing community qurantine and social distancing measures,” the President says. (SDN)
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