Hundreds of Muslims flocked to the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila this Thursday morning to commemorate Eid’l Fitr or the end of Ramadan.
The family came to the mosque for the morning prayer to meet the feast at 6 am.
Access to the mosque is limited to 20 percent capacity so prayer rugs have been laid on Globo de Oro Street outside the building.
It is the second year that Muslims have been celebrating Eid’l Fitr amid COVID-19 and some of them have admitted it is a challenge for them to continue the tradition.
But according to some believers interviewed, thanksgiving and celebration continue.
“Sad talaga kasi andaming hindi nakakapag-pray kasi limited lang ang mga tao… Sana po matapos na ang pandemic na’to para next year, lahat na kami makapag-pray lahat,” said Lyn Daddiho.
According to the Manila Police District, they agreed with the Golden Mosque management that the community will maintain adherence to physical distancing and other health protocols during the festival.
Only in homes will the traditional big party be held.
Hundreds of Muslims commemorate Eid’l Fitr at Manila Golden Mosque
In Cotabato City, Muslims first celebrated Eid’l Fitr from house to house.
No one was in the mosques around 6 a.m. when the families began praying.
The local government hosted Facebook Live for those who want to be with the people.
The local government has urged Muslims to celebrate Eid’l Fitr at home instead of in mosques and other public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Although some were disappointed with the re-ban on gathering, they understood that it was for the good of all.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his hope for peace and healing as Muslims commemorate Eid’l Fitr this year.
“As you mark the end of a month-long journey of reflection, prayer and fasting, may Allah continue to instill in you the virtues of generosity and compassion for others,” Duterte said in his Eid Al Fitr message.
“This joyous occasion celebrating personal sacrifice and unity is made more relevant as the country makes a significant step closer to beating the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us welcome a new hope that this Eid brings — for peace, prosperity, healing and strength as we build a progressive and brighter future for our people,” he added.