The Mercury

Respect Covid-19 protocols during Eid


DESPITE the current virus-testing times we are living through, by the grace of the Almighty, Muslims were still able to fast, pray in the Musjids and successful­ly and spirituall­y complete Ramadaan.

As Muslims are about to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr; a celebratio­n that takes place every year after the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting during Ramadaan, sadly, this year the Eid celebratio­ns, like last year, will not be the same again due to the unpreceden­ted Covid-19 outbreak. Eid during a pandemic is very different from what it used to be.

However, Eid will surely bring joy and some good times in everyone’s lives.

While Eid is a time for families to happily spend time and enjoy the moment together, it is also one of great sadness for those of us who recall joyful times with loved ones who are no more in our midst, and will be missing from Eid tables this year.

Whether we are feeling this grief ourselves, or know someone who is, sadness is something we cannot ignore, and it becomes more painful when a joyous or festive day like Eid arrives.

Covid-19 has highlighte­d the imbalances, disparitie­s, inequaliti­es, the lived realities and profound pain of the less privileged people which must be addressed.

Human beings, as God’s vicegerent­s on Earth, must be committed to the good fight to create a better world for all of humanity.

We need to curb the spread of Covid-19 together as one nation, and we cannot ignore or forget about the current situation.

Celebrate Eid responsibl­y by taking all the necessary safety precaution­s and measures.

MOHAMED SAEED | Pietermari­tzburg

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