o Eid-ul-Adha prayers were offered in historic Jamia Masjid, Assar-e-Sharief Hazratbal and other main shrines and worship places in the Kashmir valley to prevent further surge in the COVID-19 positive cases.
However, people in local mosques offered prayers maintaining social distance besides wearing masks in Srinagar and other parts of the valley.
According to official reports, 53 new corona positive cases were reported on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley, where one patient also died.
All congregational prayers in the Jamia Masjid remained suspended for the past more than two months to prevent spread of coronavirus. This decision was taken by Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid (AAJM), headed by moderate Hurriyat Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, under house arrest since August 5, 2019. No Eid-ul-Adha prayers were held in the Jamia Masjid, officials of the management body told UNI today.
He said all congregational prayers, including Friday, remained suspended in the Masjid for the past more than two months.
All gates of the historic Masjid remained closed for devotees, they said, adding decision to reopen the grand mosque will be taken only after consulting experts and officials.
This is the third successive year Eid-ul-Adha prayers were not held in Jamia Masjid. Last year, no prayers were held due to COVID restrictions while in 2019 there were curfew restrictions in the entire Kashmir valley after the Centre abrogated Article 370 and divided J&K into two Union Territories (UTs) on August 5.
Large number of security forces and police personnel have been deployed outside the Eidgah in the down town since early this morning to prevent people from offering any Eid prayers. Nobody has approached to offer prayers in the Eidgah since it was also raining since this morning besides COVID-19 guidelines, security force personnel deployed told a UNI correspondent.
The Wakf board has also suspended prayers in 133 shrines and other worship places under its management in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, official sources said no Eid-ul-Adha prayers were held at Assar-e-Sharief Hazratbal, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad on the bank of Dal Lake. Gates of the shrine were closed and police personnel had been deployed there. Lakhs of people were offering prayers at Hazratbal on the occasions of Eid and festivals. This is also third year no Eid prayers were held there.
No prayers were held at Gousal Azam Dastigeer sahib at Khanyar and Saraibala, Syed Sahib Sonawar.
Reports reaching here said that no Eid prayers were offering at the shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Nooruddin Wali at Charar-e-Sharief.
However, Eid prayers were offered in local mosques in Srinagar and other parts of the valley. People also offered Eid prayers in their homes.