Progressive Muslim Organisation Releases EID Guidelines, Urges People To Offer Prayers At Home

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Progressive Muslim Organisation Releases EID Guide
Urging people to offer Eid prayers at home and to avoid shopping and extravagant meals, a progressive Muslim organisation has released a set of guidelines for Eid-ul-Fitr in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indian Muslims for Progress and Reforms (IMPAR) has released 11-point guidelines seeking to ensure that social distancing and austerity measures are adhered to. The IMPAR has also asked people to donate the money saved to the suffering people, irrespective of caste and creed and look out for poor and needy and those stranded and need food, medicine or any other help. 

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“The first priority of Zakat spending must be these people, and not Madarsa etc., the usual recipients of Zakat, which is paid during Ramazan month @ 2.5% of the assets and is mandated for all Muslims,” the organisation said.

“These guidelines cover almost all spheres of social life around Eid. In addition, placing value to things like paying someone’s school fees on Eid, paying somebody’s rent, feeding a family, helping someone re-start the business etc. The other points raised in the guidelines is the paying zakat by before the Eid Namaz. For this IMPAR has started an online system to facilitate collection and delivery of zakat funds to the beneficiaries, who are unable to reach the donors in the COVID-19 situation,” it said.

Talking about the guidelines, IMPAR Central Committee Member and noted industrialist, Mr Saeed Shervani said, “We must shun all extravagant spending this Eid and use that money to help the needy in the crisis, as this is the essence of paying Zakat”. 

Dr MJ Khan, renowned agriculture expert, Convener and Central Committee Member, IMPAR said that “all Muslims must stay at home and pray, even if the administration relaxes movement for Eid prayers”. 

The guidelines are disseminated in English, Urdu, Hindi, Bangla, Tamil and Malayam languages so far. These guidelines have been prepared with the help of IMPAR Masjid-Madarsa Reforms Group Members and other noted Islamic Scholars, such as Dr Zafar Mahmood, President, Zakat Foundation of India. Earlier IMPAR had prepared and issued the 14-point Ramzan Guidelines, which were adhered to the community members throughout the country, and widely appreciated.  

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