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Restrained Eid celebrations observed in Telangana and its adjoining states

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Eid ul-Adha was observed in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana and neighboring Andhra Pradesh on Saturday on a restrained note in view of the coronavirus crisis, as Muslims offered prayers in mosques and sacrificed animals. Namaz-e-Eid as prayer was offered in mosques as devotees maintained social distancing and took other precautions as per the COVID-19 protocols.

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There were no prayers conducted in Eid-gah or open grounds that otherwise, witness a large gathering of Muslims twice a year. Like Eid ul-Fitr, which was celebrated in May, the prayers were not held in Eid-gah. However, this time, the prayers were allowed in mosques but subject to certain restrictions. Most of the mosques observed prayers in two spells to ensure social distancing among the devotees.  In most of the mosques, people who offered a 'Fajr' or pre-dawn prayers stayed back for Namaz-e-Eid held from half-an-hour to one hour after the sunrise.

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Eid ul-Adha or Bakrid is the second major Muslim festival celebrated to memorialize the sacrifice by Prophet Ibrahim, who offered to sacrifice his son Ismail on Allah's command. The Almighty, however, replaced Prophet Ismail with a lamb just as Prophet Ibrahim was about to slit his son's throat. 

Meanwhile, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao conveyed greetings to the Muslims on the occasion of Eid. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy extended his greetings to the Muslims and said: May this auspicious day further the spirit of compassion, devotion, and faith amongst all of us. 

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