Shab-e-Barat 2020: Muslims pray in homes for relief from Corona

Hyderabad: Following the orders of all Ulemas (scholars), mashaikh (clerics)  and the government to not visit graveyards and mosques on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat due to COVID-19, Muslims have forgone their yearly Shab-e-Baraat rituals. 

Shab-e-Barat 2020: Muslims pray in homes for relief from Corona
Notice board displayed at graveyard saying not to visit graveyard on Shab-e-Barat in view of COVID-19 lockdown. Photo: Mohammed Hussain
Shab-e-Barat 2020: Muslims pray in homes for relief from Corona
Muslim stay away from graveyards on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat in Hyderabad amid COVID19 lockdown. Photo: Mohammed Hussain
Shab-e-Barat 2020: Muslims pray in homes for relief from Corona
Deserted Makkah Masjid on the occasion of Shabe-e-Barat in Hyderabad amid COVID-19 lockdown. Photo: Mohammed Hussain

This is the first time that Muslims have not visited the graveyards and not offered prayers in mosques. Indeed on this Shab-e-Barat, the entire Muslim community is complying with the lockdown by offering all special prayers during this occasion at home and maintained social distancing.

Shab-e-Barat 2020: Muslims pray in homes for relief from Corona
The entrance gate of Makkah Masjid closed on Shab-e-Barat in view of the COVID-19 lockdown. Photo: Mohammed Hussain
Shab-e-Barat 2020: Muslims pray in homes for relief from Corona
Muslim graveyard closed on Shab-e-Barat amid COVID-19 lockdown. Photo: Mohammed Hussain

Along with namaz, they have even prayed relief from Coronavirus pandemic and for the nation’s happiness and good health. The Shab-e-Barat jalsas (public gatherings) that were to be held in major venues could not have been more empty.

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Shab-e-Barat 2020: Muslims pray in homes for relief from Corona
Mosque used to bustle with Muslims deserted in Hyderabad amid COVID-19 lockdown. Photo: Mohammed Hussain

The same goes for mosques and graveyards. Qutub Shahi Masjid, Jamia Masjid, Kulsum Begum Masjid, Masjid-e-Gulbano, Masjid-e-Raheem-O-Sughra, Ahle Hadees, Bilal Masjid, Masjid-e-Aamera, Masjid-e-Azizia, Masjid-e-Sultan Jahan, Ek Minar Masjid, Mallepally Badi Masjid and others were bereft of the crowd that this annual occasion brings.

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