The Maharashtra authorities has issued a round saying Muharram needs to be noticed in a easy method and that processions won’t be allowed within the wake of the COVID-19 disaster.
Muharram is noticed by Muslims with abstinence and prayers to mourn the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain within the battle of Karbala within the seventh century. It marks the primary and one of many sacred months of the Islamic calendar.
Within the round issued on Wednesday, the state authorities mentioned ‘matam’ (moruning) processions won’t be allowed this 12 months, according to the ban imposed on social and non secular programmes by the Centre and the state authorities to fight COVID-19.
Muslims ought to mourn inside their houses, like different spiritual programmes are being noticed throughout the lockdown interval, the round mentioned.
Folks dwelling in a single society additionally mustn’t congregate to mourn collectively, and the Majlis (social, cultural or spiritual gathering) programme needs to be organised on-line adhering to norms, the federal government mentioned.
It additionally mentioned that permission just isn’t granted to take out Tazia (a reproduction of tomb of Imam Hussain).
The federal government mentioned permission needs to be taken from the native administration for organising ‘Chhabils’ (stalls) and less than two individuals needs to be current there.
Water needs to be distributed solely in sealed bottles from Chhabils and cleanliness and social distancing be noticed there, mentioned the round.
No more than 4 individuals will probably be allowed in any programme, the federal government mentioned, and urged individuals to undertake well being initiatives like blood and plasma donation camps contemplating the COVID-19 state of affairs.
Observing authorities tips aimed toward curbing COVID-19 will probably be binding on all, mentioned the round.