Enjoy a happy Eid Al Fitr by following the guidelines
It’s important to share the joy not just with familiy and friends but also with the needy
As the Muslim world marks Eid Al Fitr today, it is important to recognise the conditions in which we have been living for the past three months. Although we may feel it is a subdued and completely different Eid this year due to the social distancing guidelines, it is critical to remember that Eid is a joyous occasion. It should not be turned into a reason of regret and sorrow.
Let us celebrate it with the family at home and avoid the unnecessary gatherings that may lead to unfortunate results. The instructions outlined by the authorities must be followed to the letter because they are aimed at protecting you and your loved ones.
People naturally want to celebrate Eid with passion and different activities. But this time, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to contribute to the national efforts in combating the coronavirus pandemic. If you must go out this Eid, you must take the necessary precautions — wearing the face mask, avoiding crowded places, and exercising social distancing.
The recent decision by the authorities to ease the restrictions does not mean that the crisis is over, or the virus has been eliminated, but it aims to ease the lives of people and support vital sectors. And we must remember that the UAE’s widely praised efficient handling of the crisis should not be a reason for people to not follow instructions, as the success of the containment measures depends mainly on the people’s response.
We wish you a happy Eid and pray that the next one will be celebrated properly with family and friends.
Today’s Eid Al Fitr is different. The Muslim world marks the occasion without the usual rites, especially the common Eid prayer. Many will miss the traditional Eid customs, but most of us will not miss the point of the cancellation of these centuries-old traditions and rites.
The world is battling a ferocious enemy that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, infected more than five million and devastated the global economy in a way the world has never seen. The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in scale and impact. And the painful truth is that we have yet to get a credible scientific study on when this vicious virus will be beaten, or when its spread will decline.
All the highly publicised efforts are merely initial findings or simply assumptions and predictions that are yet to be proven. As for the containment measures, it is unreasonable to assert that a specific model has wholly succeeded in containing the threat, as many countries that seemed successful at a certain point have faced setbacks at later stages.
It is also true that some countries hit badly during the early waves of the virus such as Italy and Spain, are improving and the world is learning from their experience, but the future of Covid-19 crisis is still uncertain. What is certain is that nations that commit to the required precautionary measures have made significant progress in reducing the infections and eventually, the number of deaths.
Therefore, it can well be said that missing the Eid customs this year is a small price to pay to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and the society safe. Despite the temptation, most people will be staying home. The joy of the Eid is not necessarily in the mall visits or in spending several hours in cinemas or theme parks. The spirit of the Eid comes from our willingness to share its joy with our families and friends. And that can be done today through the technology.
Also, let us be creative in making it a cheerful Eid for the children at home.
Let us share the happiness with the poor and the needy. That is the real spirit of Eid.
And most importantly, we can celebrate the Eid values when we share with the world its struggle to beat the pandemic. In keeping our family and society safe, we are contributing to the global efforts in eliminating the virus.
■ Dubai’s Trade Centre roundabout is decked out as residents prepare to celebrate Eid Al Fitr today. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News