Muslims Mark Eid al-Fitr under COVID-19 Restrictions

BenarNews staff

Muslim faithful perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in the Islamic Center Mosque in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, Indonesia, May 13, 2021. [Azwar Ipank/BenarNews]


Girls in Yala province, Thailand, pray for COVID-19 to pass and for their loved ones to be safe, May 13, 2021. [Mariyam Ahmad/BenarNews]


Masked women snap a selfie as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Manila, May 13, 2021. [Czar Dancel/BenarNews]


Muslims in suburban Manila celebrate the end of a month of fasting for Ramadan with a family meal on Eid al-Fitr, May 13, 2021. [Czar Dancel/BenarNews]


Muslim women step onto a public boat to travel to their hometown in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 9, 2021. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people shop in a temporary road-side Eid market in Dhaka, May 11, 2021. [BenarNews]


Malaysians pray outside the closed National Mosque while celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Kuala Lumpur, May 13, 2021. [Reuters]


A leader of the Jamaah An-Nadzir congregation in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 12, 2021. [Yayank Stiv/BenarNews]


Filipino Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayers on the street in Taguig city, a suburb of Manila, May 13, 2021. [Czar Dancel/BenarNews]

Muslims from Bangladesh to the Philippines are celebrating Eid al-Fitr under the shadow of surging coronavirus infections for the second year in a row.

Government leaders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh placed restrictions on homeward travel for the holiday, and regulated the number of people allowed to gather in mosques. In some places, Muslims prayed outside.

But large crowds gathered at a mosque for morning prayers in Indonesia’s Aceh province. In Bangladesh, people packed onto ferries to carry them home from Dhaka.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced a month-long national lockdown beginning the eve of Eid, banning all social gatherings on Islam’s most joyous feast day, amid fears that soaring COVID-19 infection rates could prompt a “national crisis.”

Malaysia has seen daily cases exceed 4,000 and set a one-day record for deaths – 26 – on Sunday.

Azwar Ipank and Jejak Hendra in Aceh, Indonesia, Arief Nugroho in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Mariyam Ahmad in Yala, Thailand and Czar Dancel in Manila contributed to this report.


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Robert deeds
May 14, 2021 08:29 AM

I see about 30 people in first foto without maske.
Religion has a hand in making covid19 worse.
These people should be praying at home.
Because of their "faith" they are putting us all at risk