In the UAE public health is top priority and all must comply. Eid Al Fitr, the most important festival for the world’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam is here. The festival marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic calendar’s holiest month when believers abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk.
The ritual of fasting is the same for all — those living in very hot regions, extremely cold parts of the planet to places where daylight stretches beyond 12 hours. This Eid, considered a reward after the gruelling monthlong ritual of fasting, is going to be extra-ordinary for many reasons.
Gatherings of friends and relatives is the central part of all religions festivals, including Eid. Today, these gatherings have become a threat to public health.
The UAE has announced a series of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus during Eid. Restrictions are in place for the national disinfection drive from 8pm to and 6am and mosques will remain shut during Eid. Hefty fines will be imposed on those organising Eid gatherings at home and those attending them.
Many countries in the region, including in the heart of Islamic world, have imposed weeklong restrictions to protect people from the pandemic. In Saudi Arabia, for example, a nationwide curfew will begin on the last day of Ramadan and extend till the end of Eid holidays.
Similarly, avoid exchanging Eid greetings in traditional manners of hugging and kissing except with very close family members. People must understand that many carriers of the pathogen remain asymptomatic and extra caution is required.