In view of the increasing COVID-19 cases in city, district collector Ravindra Thakare asked the citizens to observe Muharram in a simple manner and that processions will not be allowed because of the serious condition. Muharram is observed by Muslims with abstinence and prayers to mourn the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain in the battle of Karbala in the seventh century. It marks the first and one of the sacred months of the Islamic calendar.
Collector said said ‘matam’(mourning) processions will not be allowed this year, in line with the ban imposed on social and religious programmes by the Centre and the State Government to combat COVID-19. Muslims should mourn inside their homes, like other religious programmes are being observed during the lockdown period. People living in one society also should not congregate to mourn together, and the Majlis (social, cultural or religious gathering) programme should be organised online adhering to norms. Citizens can conduct blood donation, plasma donation and health check-up camps amid this lockdown with following the norms of social distancing. Administration will take action against those who will not follow the norms amid this crisis.