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Eid al-Adha: Why i dine with frontline troops – Nigerian Air Marshall

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The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has explained the rationale behind the tradition of having lunch with frontline troops during festivities.

He revealed that this was borne out of the need to strengthen the bond of comradeship, foster esprit-de-corps, and create a more relaxed atmosphere for troops to unwind while remaining geared up to face the tasks ahead.

Abubakar gave the explanation on Saturday at the luncheon organised by the Nigerian Air Force to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with frontline troops in Katsina State.

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He noted that the luncheons also served as avenues to celebrate and appreciate the hard work, dedication, resilience, and patriotism of the personnel, as well as convey his support for the smooth and timely execution of their assigned missions.

The air force boss remembered the sacrifices of all those who had paid the supreme price in service to the nation.

NAF personnel at launch with the Chief of the Air Staff in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

He prayed that God would grant their families comfort, giving an assurance that the Force would continue to acknowledge their efforts with gestures like the Group Life Insurance and other incentives.

“For the serving gallant personnel that you are, we will continue to provide necessary tools to enhance your precise and effective prosecution of operations such as infrastructure, modern equipment, communication, vehicles, personal protective equipment, and so on,” Abubakar promised.

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He, therefore, asked the personnel of the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji not to relent in their efforts but to press on until acts of banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality were brought to an end.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, speaks during launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

Maintain Control
The air force chief urged them to maintain control of the operational space and exploit every intelligence resource.

He said, “We must continue to remain focused by maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness that the NAF is known for in order to rid our communities of criminal elements.”

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who was the guest of honour at the luncheon, commended the NAF personnel for their substantial sacrifices in the fight against armed banditry.

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As part of measures to secure the lives and properties of residents, he revealed that the government has initiated an action to amend extant laws with a view to enhancing the authority of village heads and local authorities to bring real governance and policing closer to the people.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, at launch with frontline troops in Katsina on August 1, 2020. Photo: Twitter-@NigAirForce

The governor noted that this would complement ongoing efforts to emplace a robust community policing structure while addressing the gross deficit in the number of police personnel available at local levels which he said was in the range of an average of about 30 policemen to about 100 villages.

He stressed that if such actions were not taken and even if the bandits were wiped out by the military, another generation of criminal elements would quickly take their place in the absence of governance and adequate policing.

Governor Masari assured the air force that his government would continue to support all its operations and other security agencies to ensure the peace and security of the people of the state.


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Eid al-Adha: Kano govt pardons 43 inmates

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…Urges Prayers For National Security

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday, granted prerogative of mercy to 43 inmates of Kano Correctional Service in the spirit of Eid-Kabir Sallah celebration.

Ganduje made similar benevolence gesture to 295 inmates in the month of May to commemorate Eid el-fitir Sallah festival while urging the ex-convicts to exhibit positive character and good virtues.

In his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Ganduje charged the inmates and the entire Muslims to be law abiding and sustain prayers for security, peace and growth of the nation. He also advised residents to observe all health protocols against COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we release people, we release them without taking into consideration their religious background, ethnicity, age or sex differences. We believe humanity as a whole should always be assisted.

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“Those on release are advised to be and remain people with sound character. Mrs. Jennifer Okafor is an example of those released from this and similar correctional centres.

She is now holding on tight to her new job with the State Traffic Agency, KAROTA. This shows that we are achieving something.

“It is extremely important for people to pray much harder for national development and the security of our state and the country in general. We must continue observing all the protocols as enunciated by health workers. This way, we can overcome the pandemic,” he said.

Comptroller of Kano Correctional Centres, Magaji Ahmed Abdullahi,commended the governor for the gesture. Those released were given N5, 000 each as transport fare to their various destinations.


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Eid al-Adha: Muslims celebrate, pray in Abuja. [Nigeria]

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Muslims in Nigeria on Friday joined other faithful around the world to observe the 2020 Eid El Kabir celebrations.

Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead.

In Nigeria, the day is usually declared as a public holiday and the public enjoys off days while schools and most businesses are closed.

However, the celebrations that usually accompany the festivities in many parts of the globe will not be felt this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic just as the Federal Government has resolved to curtail its spread in Nigeria by advising people to observe all safety protocols especially physical distancing.

But despite the restrictions, preparation for the event appeared to be in top gear between Wednesday and Thursday as people were seen travelling and livestock markets were buzzing with sales.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Muslims a happy and safe Eid.

In a statement early on Friday, the President announced that he observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

He also urged all Muslims to put into practice the noble teachings of the Islamic religion and put the fear of God in their daily activities in order to make our society better.

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also wished Muslims a happy Eid.

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In an interview, he asked them to pray for those who have contracted the COVID-19 as well as those who have lost their lives to the virus.

He appealed to them not to fret about not being able to gather to pray but rather, reflect on the lessons of Eid-El Kabir and practice it in their daily activities.

“Not gathering for the Eid for this Sallah celebration is due to the circumstance and the environment and it’s for the safety of all of us and that is crucial.

“The essence of today in our religion is about sacrifice. So, demonstrate it, to be able to pray for our health, those who have lost their lives, pray for forgiveness for them,” he said.


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Barika De Sallah (From Noble Reporters Media)

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Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al Adha to commemorate both the devotion of Abraham and the survival of Ishmael. This story is known as the Akedah in Judaism (Binding of Isaac) and originates in the Torah, the first book of Moses (Genesis, Ch. 22). The Quran refers to the Akedah as follows: 100 “O my Lord!

History

History. Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to certain traditions, these … Eid prayer and eidgah · Practices by country · Africa

Celebrations: Eid prayers, charity, social gatherings, festive meals, gift-giving

Significance: Marks the end of fasting in Ramadan

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Story behind Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha commemorates when God appeared to Abraham — known as Ibrahim to Muslims — in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son. Continue Reading »

Importance of Eid al-Adha

Eid ul-Adha is another important festival in the Muslim calendar. Some Muslims may regard this as the most important festival as it remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when ordered to by Allah . … A sheep or goat may be sacrificed as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. Continue Reading »

Happenings at Eid al-Adha

At Eid al-Adha, many Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends and may symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani. This represents the animal that Ibrahim sacrificed in the place of his son. Continue Reading »

Barika De Sallah

written by: Adigun Michael Olamide “Olamide Noble”

sources: CNN, BBC, Time and Date, Wikipedia


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Eid al-Adha: PDP urges Nigerians to rekindle their faith in God.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Eid El Kabir to rekindle their faith, hope and trust in the Almighty Allah as the ultimate solution to all the travails of mankind.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known in a statement on Friday.

It also counselled leaders at all levels of engagement in the country to imbibe the lessons of Eid-el Kabir, especially the demand for total obedience to the will and command of the Almighty Allah.

Speaking further, Ologbondiyan noted that such dependence on the will and command of God by the leaders and citizens alike is the only way to pull our nation out of the economic, health and security predicaments that have confronted us in the recent time.

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He noted that the country has been able to battle various challenges, the recent being the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, largely by divine intervention, and as such urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in their trust in God.

Muslim faithful attend the Eid Al-Adha prayers at the National Mosque, Abuja on July 31st, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

The party also urged Nigerians to use the occasion to reinforce their love for one another by showing care, particularly to the less privileged, the sick, the bereaved, the aged as well as victims of various challenges of life.

Furthermore, the party warned that Nigerians must not drop their guards in this time of celebration but should continue to be vigilant and redouble their efforts in observing all COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, personal and public hygiene, early reporting of symptoms as well as other government directives particularly with regard to mass gatherings.

The PDP prayed for the nation and wishes all Nigerians a happy Eid-el Kabir celebration.


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Eid-el-kabir: Tinubu plead Muslims to pray for COVID-19 patients

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has asked Muslims to pray for those who have contracted the COVID-19 virus as well as those who have lost their lives to the pandemic.

He appealed to them not to fret about not being able to gather to pray but rather, reflect on the lessons of Eid-El Kabir and practice it in their daily activities.

“Not gathering for the Eid for this Sallah celebration is due to the circumstance and the environment and its for the sdafety of all of us and that is crucial.

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“The essence of today in our religion is about sacrifice. So, demonstrate it, to be able to pray for our health, those who have lost their lives, pray for forgiveness for them,” the APC chieftain said in an interview on Friday.

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B.A.T also reacted to the security issues in Borno State, while saluting the courage of Governor Babagana Zulum.

He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will win the war against insurgency across the country.


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Eid al-Adha: Buhari marks Eid prayers at home, celebrate Muslims

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President Muhammadu Buhari has wished all Muslims a happy and safe Eid as the country joins other Muslims across the world to mark the 2020 Eid El-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement on Friday, the President announced that he observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with his family, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

He also urged all Muslims to put into practice the noble teachings of the Islamic religion and put the fear of God in their daily activities in order to make our society better.

President Muhammadu Buhari marks the Eid El Kabir prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while observing physical distancing on July 31, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari marks the Eid El Kabir prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while observing physical distancing on July 31, 2020.

Speaking further, the President acknowledged that the preventive guidelines that have been introduced to contain the spread of the Coronavirus have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather & worship in large numbers in Mosques and Churches.

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He, however, called on Nigerians to continue to exercise patience and understanding until the nation and world overcomes the pandemic.

President Muhammadu Buhari celebrates the Eid El Kabir with his family at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on July 31, 2020.

Men are seen at a livestock market in Abuja ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations on July 30th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels Television

This is the second Eid prayer that the President would be marking at home with his family since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life, infecting millions across the world and thousands in Nigeria.

Just over two months ago, the President had observed the prayers for Eid El-Fitr at home in line with advice from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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The Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead. The slaughtering of cattle, remains symbolic for Muslims on this day.

In an earlier statement, he also noted that as part of efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic and flatten the curve, he would not be receiving visitors on Sallah homages.

The Eid El Kabir or Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic festival marked annually on July 31, to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail but after his faith was tested, a ram was provided and slaughtered instead. The slaughtering of cattle, remains symbolic for Muslims on this day.

Nigeria currently has 42,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the nation’s top disease control agency – the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

19,270 of those infected have recovered while 878 of them have died


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Eid al-Adha: Actress Bimbo Afolayan surprises parent with Mansion. [Photos]

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Nollywood actress Bimbo Afolayan has purchased a newly furnished mansion for her parents as a gesture of apprecaition for their sacrifices for her.

She gifted them the house as a gift to celebrate their Sallah with. Her mum has an altercation with her landlord sometime ago which was rife on social media as fans trolled the actress for allowing such a shameful act to happen to her mother.

She took to social media at that time to say: “A so called land lord broke a bottle on my mums head this morning while taking my daughter to school because of security fee. what punishment do you think the law will give him….my mum! I NEED HELP, THIS CAN’T GO, I CAN’T LET IT GO, I AM IN Pain.”

The actress has redeemed her parents from the hands of their landlord as she posted photos of their new home and captioned it as :

“CONGRATS TO MY MUM AND MY DAD ON THIS…ALHAMDULLILAHI…HOUSEWARMING×ILEYA” while Okiki Afolayan wrote “Double celebration..
Housewarming + Ileya…
Congratulations Baba Tawa and @alhaja_ojasope20
Relax and sleep well in your new abode.
May the life in the new house
be prosperous and free of pains.”


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Eid al-Adha: How is it celebrated?

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Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims will celebrate it in most countries on July 31.


Muslims around the world have begun celebrating the annual festival of Eid al-Adha – the Festival of Sacrifice – which falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Muslim lunar calendar.

Eid al-Adha is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

The occasion will be celebrated in most countries on Friday, July 31.

As the coronavirus pandemic rages, many Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Algeria have announced restrictions on public gatherings.

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Here are five things to know about Eid al-Adha:

Origins
Muslims believe the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was tested by God who commanded him to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail (Ishmail).

Eid al-Adha is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting [Manish Swarup/AP Photo]

Ibrahim was prepared to submit to the command, but God stayed his hand. Instead, he was told to sacrifice an animal, likely a lamb or sheep.

The Torah and the Old Testament both recount a similar version of this story.

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End of Hajj
The event also marks the end of Hajj, a five-day pilgrimage all able-bodied and financially capable Muslims are obliged to undertake once in their lifetime. The pilgrimage is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and instil a sense of equality, sisterhood and brotherhood.

Some 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world flock annually to the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia for the ritual.

This year, however, Saudi Arabia announced it would hold a “very limited” Hajj because of the coronavirus pandemic, with only about 10,000 people living in the kingdom allowed to take part in the pilgrimage.

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2019 [File: Waleed Ali/Reuters]

Eid prayers
Performing extra prayers in the morning are how most Muslims begin celebrating Eid.

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Mosques are packed with worshippers with outside arrangements made to accommodate large groups of people.

This year, however, mosques will limit the number of attendees, and large congregations will be banned in many countries to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

A livestock vendor waits for customers in New Delhi, India before Eid al-Adha [Jewel Samad/AFP]

Sacrificing an animal
The occasion is marked by the sacrifice of an animal that Muslims can eat – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – by those who can afford to do so.

In many parts of the Muslim world, special livestock markets are set up for people to buy an animal for the Eid sacrifice.

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This year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, numerous apps and websites have appeared in countries such as India and Bangladesh, where animals will be sold online to limit exposure to the virus.

A man and his decorated camel

Distribution of meat
The animal sacrifice comes with an element of charity, as the person paying for the sacrifice is required to distribute part of it to others.

The meat of the sacrificed animal is divided among three groups: the person sacrificing it and their immediate family, extended family and friends, and those in need.

Some Muslims will pay the value of an animal to one of a number of Muslim charities around the world that collect funds for remote animal sacrifices, distributing the meat to underprivileged groups – including refugees, the elderly and disabled people.


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Eid-el-kabir: We’ll enforce COVID-19 protocols – Adamawa police tells residents

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Police authorities in Adamawa State have urged the residents to maintain social distancing and observe all measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju, made the appeal on Thursday on behalf of the State Police Command on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa, Suleiman Nguroje, Adeyanju said the command would leave no stone unturned in enforcing the orders.

According to him, it is important for residents to observe the Eid celebrations bearing in mind the unusual times occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The police commissioner, however, congratulated the Muslim faithful who join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir.

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He noted that it was a special period of sacrifice geared towards attaining wholesomeness and urged residents to voluntarily comply with the prevention regulations put in place by the government at all levels.

“The state will surely overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and other criminal activities,” an optimistic Adeyanju said.

He also assured the people of Adamawa of adequate security during and after the Eid el-Kabir celebrations.

The police commissioner stated that proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployment of tactical and intelligence assets of the command, have already been put in place to prevent any untoward incident in the state.

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He, however, insisted that the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders were still in force and it was important to comply with them.

Adeyanju’s position is in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who asked Nigerians to remember the COVID-19 protocols during the celebrations.

Adamu also called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gatherings and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.


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Eid-el-kabir: Don’t forget existing COVID-19 protocols – IGP remind Nigerians

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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has advised Nigerians not to forget the existing COIVD-19 protocols put in place to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

He gave the advice on Thursday in Abuja in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

Mohammed explained that the call became necessary as the country, especially as Muslim faithful prepare for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

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He, therefore, called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gathering and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The IGP also asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of efforts to ensure a crime-free Eid-el Kabir celebration in the country, he directed the Commissioners of Police in all the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 17 Zonal Commands to intensify confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the country.

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The police boss asked the senior officers to specifically ensure increased patrols on major highways and around critical national infrastructure.

While assuring Nigerians of adequate security, he congratulated the Muslim faithful in the country as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

In this file photo taken on on May 14, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, attends a meeting with the President in Abuja.

Security During Eid Prayers
In line with the directive of the police boss, the Yobe State Police Command said modalities have been put in place to provide adequate security at all praying grounds and places of public gathering around the state before, during, and after the celebrations.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarem, urged residents to confide in the command and other security agencies by providing useful information and prompt reporting of suspicious persons, movements, and objects around their places of abode.

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He also appealed to them to use the festive period to offer prayers for peace, protection against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stability of Yobe and country at large.

Abdulkarem, however, announced that there would be restriction of vehicular movement from 11pm on Thursday to 11am on Friday, for the purpose of ensuring security during the Eid-el-Kabir prayers.

He noted that in view of the current situation caused by the pandemic, the police have advised all district heads, imams and Muslim faithful in the state to observe Eid prayers in accordance with the COVID-19 preventive measures.


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Buhari commends religious groups for understanding COVID-19 guidelines

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerians for their patience and understanding over the inconveniences created by precautionary measures put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

He also reiterated his call on citizens to continue to exercise patience and understanding over the inconveniences, especially the regulations on places of worship.

In his Sallah message to Muslims on Thursday, ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the President said the outbreak of the coronavirus has made it difficult for people to gather in places of worship as they are used to, urging worshipers to abide by the guidelines for safety of their lives, and loved ones.

“The coronavirus has had devastating adverse impacts on our social, economic and spiritual lives.

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“The preventive guidelines we have introduced to contain the spread of this deadly disease have unfortunately limited people’s freedom to gather and worship in large numbers in Mosques and Churches.

“Every measure that has been introduced to contain this disease may have its unintended consequences on the daily lives of our people, and I, therefore, call on Muslims and other faithful to continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect our people through the social distancing,” the President said.

He added: “No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of people that will gather in worship centres at the same time.

“The guidelines are dictated by necessity in order to safeguard public health and should, therefore, not be perceived as infringement on people’s right to worship.”

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Commended the sacrifices of Muslims and Christians in abiding by the COVID-19 guidelines for the good of society, the president gave the assurance that his administration would continue to provide economic reliefs to the people.

“On our own part, we shall continue to provide economic reliefs to the people to minimize the unintended hardships these guidelines have inflicted.”

The President also reminded worshippers that COVID-19 is a worldwide affliction which has forced places of worship around the world to be shut down.

While wishing Muslims a happy celebration, the President called on worshipers not to forget the symbolic significance of the sacrifices of the Eidel Kabir.

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“Muslims should imbibe the noble virtues of our great prophets in order to establish closer connectivity between religious teachings and practice,” he said.

“We can create the greatest impact by putting into practice the noble teachings of our religion. In whatever we do in life, we must put the fear of God in our daily activities to make our society better.’’

Speaking further, the President reminded Nigerians of his efforts to root out corruption in the country, stating that the efforts had so far brought a lot of changes in the country’s polity.

He appealed for more support and understanding as investigations are carried out on both legacy and fresh cases.


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Eid-el-kabir: Stay at home and celebrate – Dapo Abiodun advise residents

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Ogun State has banned all forms of gathering above 20 persons across the state during and after the Eid-El Kabir festive period as parts of efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the news on Wednesday as he urged Muslim faithful to observe their individual prayers at home.

The Governor also set August 14 as a tentative date for the re-opening of religious centres across the state.

I understand that Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya) will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020, but the COVID-19 circumstances will unfortunately deter the usual Eid prayers, partying or any other form of gathering of more than 20 persons at a time.

— Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) July 29, 2020

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Final year secondary school students in the state are expected to resume on August 4.

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

“I understand that Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya) will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020, but the COVID-19 circumstances will, unfortunately, deter the usual Eid prayers, partying or any other form of gathering of more than 20 persons at a time,” the Governor said while congratulating the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’addallah Alade Bamigbola, who made a courtesy visit to Abiodun’s office in Oke-Mosan.

“I thank the entire Muslim Ummah for their thoughtfulness and cooperation as we observe this year’s prayers solemnly and at home with our individual families,” Abiodun added.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ogun state has recorded 1,336 cases of the novel coronavirus and 23 deaths, as of Wednesday evening.


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Eid-el-kabir: Buhari to celebrate with family at home

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President Muhammad Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir Prayers with his family at home, a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu said.

It would be the second Eid prayer that the President would be marking at home with his family since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life, infecting millions across the world and thousands in Nigeria.

Just over two months ago, the President had observed the Eid prayers for Eid El-Fitr at home in line with advice from the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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“In wishing all Muslims a safe and happy Eid, the President reiterated the protocols as issued by the PTF that large gatherings, as much as possible, should be discouraged,” Mr Shehu’s statement read in part.

“Where small groups choose to hold the Eid together, face masks are absolutely necessary, as is social distancing. Advisedly, such prayers should hold outdoors and worshippers are encouraged to bring their own prayer mats.”

Also, as part of efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic and flatten the curve, the President would not be receiving visitors on Sallah homages.

He urged Nigerians to observe COVID-19 protocols as the mark the occasion.

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Nigeria confirmed its first COVID-19 case on February 27. Since then, the pandemic has spread to all states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

Nigeria currently has 41,804 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the nation’s top disease control agency – the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

18,764 of those infected have recovered while 868 of them have died.

Lagos, with 18,848 cases is the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, accounting for 45 percent of the country’s total infections.


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Eid-el-kabir: ‘Calm Down’ Lagos Governor tells residents to copy boy in viral video

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has urged residents of the state to emulate a boy seen in a viral video pleading with his mother over a misdemeanor, and “calm down” even as they celebrate the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir.

In the video making the rounds on social media, the little boy could be seen pleading with his mother not to beat him after flouting her instructions.

The video did not just end up on social media as the Lagos State Governor, in his Sallah message to residents of the commercial centre, said the boy’s gesture, carries “deeper meaning.”

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Describing the exchange between the mother and son as funny, Governor Sanwo-Olu said it reflects the challenges parents go through trying to mold their children into better individuals, saying he wants to meet the boy.

“Interestingly, the video inspired this special message to the good people of Lagos State because of the deeper meaning it conveys,” the governor tweeted on his handle, Wednesday.

“Fellow Lagosians, we need to ‘calm down’ as we enjoy the coming holiday and festivity.”

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Sanwo-Olu reminded Lagosians of the sacrifices by Prophet Ibrahim, called on them to emulate such and also demonstrate self-restraint especially as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We need to be moderate in our celebration and observe prescribed protocols towards defeating the deadly coronavirus,” Sanwo-Olu restated.

“The world needs the responsibility and commitment of its people to oust coronavirus.

“I urge every Lagosian to ‘calm down’ and not get carried away. Like the rest of the world, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain extremely careful to keep the gains of the sacrifices we have all made in the past months,” Sanwo-Olu restated.

“Let’s calm down! As an aside, I would like to meet the young boy since we both now have exclusive rights to the phrasal verb ‘calm down’.”


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Eid-el-kabir: Pakistani PM warns against possible COVID-19 hike

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Imran Khan’s warning comes as Pakistan registers its lowest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases in three months.


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned citizens to continue to strictly follow government guidelines on limiting interactions, warning of a possible new surge in cases after the Islamic holy day of Eid al-Adha later this week.

Khan’s warning came as the country registered its lowest single-day rise in cases in almost three months, according to the latest government data released on Tuesday.

Pakistan saw COVID-19 cases rise by 936, the lowest single-day rise since April 29. It has recorded a total of at least 275,000 cases, according to official data, with nearly 6,000 deaths.

Khan addressed the nation from his office in the capital Islamabad on Monday, exhorting citizens to continue to follow social distancing protocols so that the economy could be further reopened.

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“If we have to impose a lockdown again, it will affect our economy greatly … We will find it hard to find employment for our people,” he said.

Since July 2, the number of active coronavirus cases has dropped dramatically, driven mainly by a surge in recoveries and lower rates of new infections. Currently, the country has 26,834 active cases, according to official data.

The mortality rate stands at 2.16 percent, consistent with other countries in the region and far lower than many European or North American countries.

“Our intensive care beds, our oxygenated beds … the pressure has greatly reduced on them,” said Khan.

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“The way we are seeing the trends going, it is Allah’s grace … that today Pakistan is among those few countries that has managed to control the spread of this virus.”

A man wears a mask while selling cows for Eid al-Adha at a cattle market in Peshawar, Pakistan [Fayaz Aziz/Reuters]

Averting a ‘second wave’
Khan warned, however, that public gatherings around Eid al-Adha – when Muslims sacrifice animals, distribute their meat to the poor, and gather with extended families and friends – and during Muharram, a month of mourning and mass religious gatherings for Shia Muslims, could lead to a spike in infections.

“The world now knows that as your cases drop, if you are not careful, then your cases can rise once again,” he said, giving the example of a “second wave” of cases in Spain, Australia and Iran.

“Today, I want all Pakistanis to listen to my words carefully: […] you must understand that these two events, of Muharram and Eid, if we are not careful, then our cases can rise again. That will damage us greatly.”

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Also on Monday, the provincial government in Punjab, the country’s most populous province, imposed a surprise complete lockdown, closing all businesses and shops other than grocery stores and pharmacies until August 5.

Punjab province’s Health Minister Yasmin Rashid said the move was made to control possible spread of the virus during Eid al-Adha.

“The lockdown announced today is to prevent a spike in coronavirus cases post-Eid al-Adha,” she said. “To keep the curve flat, keeping in mind the lack of SOPs followed by the public, this step is unavoidable to protect all of us.”

Number of cases could be higher
Preliminary seroprevalence studies suggest that the rate of coronavirus infection in Pakistan is far higher than official figures suggest, but that most of those infected exhibit no symptoms and suffer few ill-effects.

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According to one such study, conducted by multinational pharmaceutical firm Getz Pharma among office workers, healthcare workers and contacts of coronavirus patients in the southern city of Karachi, the number of cases in Pakistan could be far higher than officially reported.

The study, conducted using antibody tests, showed that among the 24,210 people tested, 17.5 percent held antibodies for the virus, indicating they were either currently carrying it or had recovered from it.

People wear protective masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus at a cattle market set up for Eid al-Adha in Peshawar, Pakistan [Muhammad Sajjad/AP]

Extrapolating based on the specific demographics of the categories of those tested, the study suggests the number of total cases in the country could be as high as 4.2 million, 15.2 times the number recorded by the government.

Pakistan’s testing regime has come under criticism in recent days, the rate dropping rapidly from a June 19 hight of 31,681 tests to between 18,000 and 25,000 in the last month.

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On Monday, Pakistan conducted 19,610 tests, registering a test-positive rate of 4.8 percent. Government officials point to the latter figure as a sign that the testing is at an adequate level.

Last week, Dr Zafar Mirza, head of Pakistan’s health ministry, cited a lower number of patients seeking treatment or tests at hospitals as the prime reason for the lower rates of testing.

On Monday, Khan said his government had plans to further reopen the country’s struggling economy, but that depended on how the period over Eid and the month of Muharram goes.

“If you are careful in Eid, and [in] Muharram … then we will get an opportunity to reopen restaurants and tourism,” he said. “And then … we need to reopen our universities, our schools and our colleges.”


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Eid-el-kabir: COVID-19 fears force Animal sellers online

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Prancing in front of a camera with its blond mane blowing in the wind, “007” is one of the thousands of goats being sold online as Muslims prepare for a key religious festival shaken this year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions of goats, sheep, and cattle are slaughtered annually at Eid al-Adha — the festival of sacrifice — one of two major holy days observed by Muslims across the world, including some 600 million in South Asia.

The pandemic has, however, badly hit India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which have shut or heavily restricted major markets, while fears about catching the virus are keeping customers away ahead of the main festival on Saturday.

“We were traumatised by the loss of two of my uncles to COVID-19 and didn’t want to sacrifice an animal,” Saddid Hossain told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

In this picture taken on July 24, 2020, a livestock vendor takes photographs of cattle with a mobile phone to display on a website for online customers ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, at a market in Dhaka (Photo by Munir Uz zaman / AFP)
In this picture taken on July 22, 2020 Muhammad Naeem, who runs a website that sells goats through online to customers, uploads a picture of goats on his website ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, at a farm in Islamabad. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)

“But we have to stay within our religious tradition, so we’d rather buy from an online cow seller.”

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Faced with deserted markets, livestock breeders and traders have turned to websites, apps and social media to showcase their animals.

Fahad Zariwala promotes goats such as “007” from farms across India on his YouTube channel, which has more than 800,000 followers.

“I shoot a slow-motion video with beautiful music, and I make them (goats) popular,” said Zariwala, who is based in Mumbai.

Video beauty contest
“They have a personality and are… mostly named after Bollywood movies and trending characters in Bollywood,” he told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

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Zariwala has seen a huge increase in viewers from Australia, Britain, the United States and the Middle East, which all have large South Asian diasporas.

One farm he promotes runs video beauty contests to tempt potential customers, who might buy the goats for their families in India, where there are 200 million Muslims.

In this picture taken on July 24, 2020, a livestock vendor wearing a facemask waits for customers to sell goats ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, on a road in Srinagar. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP)

PashuBajaar, which sells thousands of goats for Indian farmers, said online sales had jumped from a few dozen last year to more than 2,500 in the past three months.

“We’ve even received online orders for thousands for next year,” chief executive Sanjeev Kumar told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

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The animals are delivered to buyers in open-air vehicles, which can carry 10 to 15 of them.

In Muslim-majority Pakistan, home to 215 million people, dozens of apps and websites have sprung up.

Buyers can select an animal and have it delivered to their doorstep, slaughtered or donated to a charity.

Qurbani App chief executive Muhammad Ali Chaudhry said “orders have gone through the roof”.

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Islamabad goat farmer Muhammad Naeem, meanwhile, said his digital transactions had jumped from 20 percent of sales to almost half.

But the rise in online sales has been accompanied by plunging prices.

Mumbai seller Walid Dawood Jat, who sold six goats online during India’s lockdown, said they fetched just half their usual prices.

“We used to sell goats at 500-600 rupees ($6.70-$8.00) per kilo,” he said, adding the price had fallen by half.

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“Buyers haggle with us. They say they don’t have money, their income is down.”

In Dhaka’s biggest cattle market, livestock sales are down from 400,000 a week in previous years to 30,000.

“Last year many people came. We were very busy,” said trader Kalu Bepari — who travelled 245 kilometres (150 miles) to the bazaar with 13 bulls, but has only sold two “for a very cheap price”.

“This year there is barely anyone due to coronavirus fears. Nobody even asks the price.”


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Eid-el-kabir: FG names July 30, 31 public holiday

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir Celebration.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.

According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion.

“He called on the Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement partly read.

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While reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to battling the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic, Aregbesola asked for the cooperation of all Nigerians.

A file photo of the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola

The Minister stressed that the Federal Government will continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the nation’s full potentials.

He, therefore, called on the masses to support the government “in its avowed determination to build a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The Minister also advised Nigerians to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, urging the citizens to stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.


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5 die in Somalia blast during Eid Celebration


At least five people were killed and more than 20 injured Sunday in Somalia in a blast during festivities to mark the Eid al-Fitr festival.

“The initial information we have received indicates the dead bodies of five people were collected from the scene of the blast and more than twenty others have been wounded,” police officer Mohamed Muktar told AFP by phone from Baidoa, about 250 kilometres (150 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu.

The cause of the explosion was unclear. “The number of wounded people is over 20 including women and children, so that death toll could increase because some of these people are seriously wounded,” Muktar added. Witness Mohamud Ibrahim said the crowd had been dancing and singing when the blast occurred. “I’m not an expert but I think there was a roadside bomb involved, the blast was huge and it caused casualties more than a grenade may cause,” he said, also speaking by phone. Another witness, Abdi Hassan, said people had gathered at the spot on both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the Eid festivities, especially dancing. “How can someone shed the blood of innocent civilians when they have been enjoying their Eid festival. “These perpetrators whoever they are have turned their happiness into sadness,” Hassan said. The Muslim world is celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and lost most of its strongholds, but still controls vast swathes of the countryside.

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At least five people were killed and more than 20 injured Sunday in Somalia in a blast during festivities to mark the Eid al-Fitr festival.

“The initial information we have received indicates the dead bodies of five people were collected from the scene of the blast and more than twenty others have been wounded,” police officer Mohamed Muktar told AFP by phone from Baidoa, about 250 kilometres (150 miles) west of the capital Mogadishu.

The cause of the explosion was unclear.

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“The number of wounded people is over 20 including women and children, so that death toll could increase because some of these people are seriously wounded,” Muktar added.

Witness Mohamud Ibrahim said the crowd had been dancing and singing when the blast occurred.

“I’m not an expert but I think there was a roadside bomb involved, the blast was huge and it caused casualties more than a grenade may cause,” he said, also speaking by phone.

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Another witness, Abdi Hassan, said people had gathered at the spot on both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the Eid festivities, especially dancing.

“How can someone shed the blood of innocent civilians when they have been enjoying their Eid festival.

“These perpetrators whoever they are have turned their happiness into sadness,” Hassan said.

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The Muslim world is celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 and lost most of its strongholds, but still controls vast swathes of the countryside.

Its militants have vowed to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu and still carry out attacks including suicide bombings against government and international targets.

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In 2013 and 2016 the group launched deadly attacks on beachfront restaurants in Mogadishu.

They have vowed to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu and still carry out attacks including suicide bombings against government and international targets. In 2013 and 2016 the group launched deadly attacks on beachfront restaurants in Mogadishu.


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Despite COVID-19 threat, Muslims celebrate Eid Worldwide.


Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eidul Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offer respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections.

The festival, one of the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan, is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats.

But this year, the celebration is overshadowed by the fast-spreading respiratory disease, with many countries tightening lockdown restrictions after a partial easing during Ramadan led to a sharp spike in infections.

Further dampening the festive spirit, multiple countries — from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Turkey and Syria — have banned mass prayer gatherings, a festival highlight, to limit the spread of the disease.

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Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites, began a five-day, round-the-clock curfew from Saturday after infections more than quadrupled since the start of Ramadan to around 68,000 –- the highest in the Gulf.

Eid prayers will be held at the two holy mosques in the cities of Makkah and Madinah “without worshippers”, authorities said on Saturday, citing a royal decree.

Makkah’s Grand Mosque has been almost devoid of worshippers since March, with a stunning emptiness enveloping the sacred Kaaba.

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Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, will reopen to worshippers only after Eid, its governing body said.

In Lebanon, the highest Sunni religious authority has announced the reopening of mosques only for Friday prayers. Worshippers, however, will be subject to temperature checks and sanitary controls before they enter.

– Fears of ‘new peak’ –

Meanwhile, Muslims across Asia — from Indonesia to Pakistan, Malaysia and Afghanistan — thronged markets for pre-festival shopping, flouting coronavirus guidelines and sometimes even police attempts to disperse large crowds.

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“For over two months my children were homebound,” said Ishrat Jahan, a mother of four, at a bustling market in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

“This feast is for the kids, and if they can’t celebrate it with new garments, there is no point in us working so hard throughout the year.”

In Indonesia –- the world’s most populous Muslim nation — people are turning to smugglers and fake travel documents to get around bans on the annual end-of-Ramadan travel that could send infections soaring. 

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More than 3,500 Tunisians who travelled home just ahead of the holiday will have to spend it away from their families, forced to quarantine for two weeks in hotels after arriving from abroad.

Atef Maherzi, a doctor repatriated Tuesday from Saudi Arabia, said she would be catching up with family over Skype, foregoing her usual role of host.

“Usually, I’m the mistress of the house, but this time, my husband will receive the guests alone.”

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The COVID-19 death tolls across the Middle East and Asia have been lower than in Europe and the United States, but numbers are rising steadily, sparking fears the virus may overwhelm often underfunded healthcare systems.

Iran, which has experienced the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak, has called on its citizens to avoid travel during Eid as it battles to control infection rates.

Iran shut schools and places of worship and banned inter-city travel for the Persian New Year holidays in March, but the restrictions were recently eased.

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Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the country was focusing hard on avoiding “new peaks of the disease” caused by people “not respecting health regulations”.

The exact date of Eid has yet to be set in the Shiite-majority country, but will likely be Monday, in line with the Shiite community’s celebrations in Iraq, as announced by top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

Sunnis in Iraq will mark the start of the festival on Sunday.

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– ‘Comedy night’ –

The neighbouring United Arab Emirates has tightened its lockdown, with the night-time curfew starting at 8:00 pm (1600 GMT) instead of 10:00 pm during Ramadan. 

But that has not stopped some families from planning getaways to luxury beachfront hotels in Ajman or Ras Al-Khaimah emirates.

However, Muslims in many countries are set for frugal celebrations amid growing financial distress.

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The twin shocks of coronavirus restrictions and falling oil prices have plunged the region into the worst economic crisis in decades.

The coronavirus restrictions have hit businesses hard, including retailers who would normally be preparing for the festive rush, as Muslims save their money for masks, gloves and other COVID-19 protective gear.

In the Syrian capital Damascus, Eid shoppers rummaged through flea markets for clothes at bargain prices as the war-ravaged and sanctions-hit country grapples with a much more entrenched economic crisis.

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“The flea market is the only place I can buy something new to wear for the Eid holidays,” 28-year-old Sham Alloush told AFP.

“Had it not been for this place, I wouldn’t have been able to buy new clothes at all.”

But promising some laughs in these dire times, 40 Muslim comedians from across the world will host a virtual show on Sunday called “The Socially Distant Eid Comedy Night”.

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“This Ramadan has been particularly difficult for communities around the world,” said Muddassar Ahmed, head of the Concordia Forum, the organiser of the event.

“We’re proud to be pulling together some of the brightest Muslim comedic talent to entertain those celebrating the Eid festival at home, people looking to learn a little bit about Muslim culture, or really anyone in need of a good laugh.”


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PDP send Eid-el fitr message to Nigerians.


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday urged Nigerians, particularly leaders at all levels, not to lose sight of the essence of the Eid-el Fitr and the eternal lessons of Ramadan.

The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja urged Nigerians to bring the lessons to bear by living in truth, selflessness, tolerance, forbearance, honesty, and transparency in all their dealings.

Ologbondiyan felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim community, on this year’s Eid-el Fitr celebrations, urging all compatriots to exhibit the virtues imbibed during the Ramadan fast in all aspects of life.

He noted that the fervent prayers and the successful completion of the Ramadan fast point to the determination by the people in their ardent trust in God to overcome the vicissitudes of life both as individuals and as a nation, particularly as the nation battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The PDP stressed that leaders must, therefore, bear in mind that the positions they occupy were bestowed by the Almighty Allah for the good of the people and that they will surely give an account of their actions, particularly towards the down-trodden, the oppressed and the voiceless.

“Furthermore, our party beckons on all Nigerians to jettison all divisive tendencies that stoke acts of violence, and rekindle the spirit of love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and unity needed to pull our nation out of the woods.

The PDP, according to Ologbondiyan, also urged all citizens to use the occasion to reach out and share with one another, especially the less privileged, the sick, orphans, widows and the aged at this critical time.

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“The party also called on Nigerians not to drop their guards during this festive period but remain alert in observing all health safety and protection directives in the collective effort to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, which would soon be a thing of the past in our nation.

“The PDP prayed for the nation and wished Nigerians happy Eid-el Fitr celebrations,” he said.


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