Today, Indonesian Muslim believers in the country wearing masks underwent temperature checks as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic before performing prayers as part of Eid al-Adha festival in mosques and streets observing social distancing.
In the wake of the world’s biggest Muslim country grappling to contain the spread of the virus, worshippers were told to maintain social distancing during the prayers.
The religious ministry requested mosques to reduce the number of belivers. Many mosques cancelled the traditional ceremony of slaughtering livestock and distributing meat to the community.
The donated livestock will be slaughtered in abattoirs to mark the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, which is celebrated by Muslims in memory of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail at God’s command.
“This year’s Eid al-Adha is very different from the previous years because we need to follow health protocols as we perform prayers, like maintaining social distancing,” said Devita Ilhami, 30, who was at the Sunda Kelapa mosque in Jakarta.
She also noted there were fewer people attending prayers this year and they had to bring their own prayer mats, with markers on the ground to show where they should be laid.
There were fewer people for prayers this year and they came with their prayer rugs and mats. There were markers on the ground.
Health experts have been concerned about the risks of the coronavirus being spread during such religious festivals, when Muslims typically gather in mosques and homes, or travel to their home towns.