ACJU calls for low-key Eid-ul-Fitr with emphasis on helping those affected

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) has called for a “simple” Eid-ul-Fitr celebration this year, in light of the prevailing situation in the country, with a focus on religious activities over festivities and an emphasis on those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks.

The ACJU has requested all Muslims to refrain from marking this year’s festival in open air settings and to confine their festival prayers to mosques instead.

Those attending mosques for festival prayers, the ACJU said in a statement, are advised not to arrive in vehicles. However, in the event it’s impossible to travel without a vehicle, Muslims are advised to share their vehicle with others.

Mosques are advised to coordinate with local police stations and ensure the security of their place of worship, the statement went on to say, adding that men rather than women should engage in festival-related shopping activities.

The ACJU also stressed that this year’s festivities should be simple and lowkey with an emphasis on helping the needy.

“We must be mindful of those affected [by the situation in the country] and opt for a simple Eid celebration. We must remember to generously share our food and drinks with the poor as well as our neighbours. Let’s limit the the festivities to religious activities and donate the money saved to those that suffered in the attacks,” the ACJU said in its statement.

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