The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen, congratulated the Muslim community on Eid al-Fitr for 1441 Hijri, praying for Allah to bestow His bounteous blessings and mercy on the wider Muslim community.
Most countries around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Sunday.
“We are celebrating the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr amid growing concern over the difficult conditions Muslims and the world at large are going through due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” said Dr Al-Othaimeen, turning to Allah to grant the broader Muslim community and all humanity salvation and refuge from the deadly outbreak of coronavirus and to bring life back to normal.
This Eid is very unlikely to resemble that of previous years as the coronavirus pandemic continues to paralyse human movement around the world.
Many Muslim-majority countries such as Turkey, Qatar and Indonesia have suspended most Eid-related activities, including morning prayers. In Saudia Arabia, mosques will be broadcasting the call to Eid prayers, but no worshippers will be allowed to attend, with people told to perform the prayers at home, similar to measures throughout Ramadan this year.
Further, the Secretary General urged people to show optimism, joy and confidence at all times, emphasizing that trust in Allah should be so great that one should not become disturbed under any circumstances, especially with the global effort and humanity’s determination to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Al-Othaimeen expressed hope for peace and security to prevail for the common good of the OIC region and the world as a whole.