Muslims Pray at Kaaba in Toned Down Eid Observance

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Muslims gathered before the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, Thursday, May 13, to observe Eid al-Fitr with limitations due to the coronavirus. ————————— READ MORE: Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday marking the end of Islam's holiest month of Ramadan. Worshippers wearing masks joined communal prayers in the streets of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The world's most populous Muslim-majority nation allowed mosque prayers in low-risk areas, but mosques in areas where there was more risk of the virus spreading closed their doors, including Jakarta's Istiqlal Grand Mosque, the largest in Southeast Asia. Indonesians and Malaysians were banned for a second year from traveling to visit relatives in the traditional Eid homecoming. "I understand that we all miss our relatives at times like this, especially in the momentum of Eid," Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in televised remarks. "But let's prioritize safety together by not going back to our hometowns." ————————— LINK: https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/virus-stifles-muslims-eid-al-fitr-celebrations-2nd-year
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