According to Breitbart, multiple reports from around the world have described Muslims ignoring coronavirus lockdown bans on large gatherings to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Ramadan holiday season and it is normally usually celebrated in a “highly social manner,” Breitbart adds.
Reports of large gatherings have surfaced across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
For example, a lockdown was imposed in Iraq for the duration of the Eid holiday, but some Muslims insisted on gathering at homes and in mosques.
The Palestinian Authority eased its coronavirus restrictions after large numbers of Palestinians ignored them to fill the streets.
Muslims have demanded the right to hold Eid prayers and celebrations.
Demonstrators even marched to Palestinian Authority security headquarters chanting “Allahu Akbar! We want to celebrate Eid al-Fitr!”
One resident of Hebron told the Jerusalem Post, “What we saw in the past 24 hours was a mini-intifada against the harsh restrictions imposed by the Palestinian government.”
“The people feel that these measures are exaggerated,” the resident explained. “If people are allowed to go to shopping malls, why can’t they pray at their mosques?”
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In parts of the West Bank where the lockdown remained in effect, Muslims ignored the restrictions to stage large prayer services on streets and in sports arenas, leading to some clashes with security officers and several reports of injury from gunfire. Many business owners also defied the lockdown to open their shops, since Eid is one of their most important shopping holidays…
In Egypt, the staff of an isolation hospital in Alexandria defied a government ban to hold a large Eid prayer service. They also handed out balloons, snacks, and toys to their patients. The hospital director noted that in consideration for especially sick patients who need their rest, prayer chants were only broadcast over the public address system a few times.
Defiance of the lockdown was widespread in Kabul, Afghanistan, as people filled the streets to buy traditional Eid treats and gifts. The Afghan government urged citizens to respect the lockdown because coronavirus cases spiked over the past ten days, raising fears that Eid celebrations will cause a new outbreak.
“We are concerned that if the lockdown is not imposed properly, the number of cases will get out of control and beyond our capacity to treat or test them. We want a strict lockdown,” said Deputy Health Minister Waheed Majroh at a press conference on Saturday.
Packed mosques were reported in Indonesia despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Muslims were also seen defying pandemic controls to celebrate Eid in Africa, with crowds gathering to pray at mosques in Cameroon and Nigeria.
Nigerian officials lifted most of the pandemic restrictions and attended large prayer services themselves, along with top religious officials. One Eid prayer service was held in an open field large enough to accommodate tens of thousands of people. Hundreds crowded into numerous mosques across the country, with very little attention paid to social distancing protocols, although a few imams reported lower-than-normal attendance due to coronavirus concerns.