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

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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

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