(MENAFN- Gulf Times)
Fervour and festivities on Monday marked Eid-al-Fitr in Qatar where mosques and prayer grounds hosted Eid special prayers while parks and beaches welcomed the public. Eid prayers started at 5.12 am followed by the special religious sermons in which clerics wished the worshippers prosperity while insisting the importance of upholding virtues. Also, they urged the worshippers to keep the spirit of Eid intact while doing good deeds. The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf), in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality, had kept 520 mosques and prayer grounds across the country ready to host Eid Al Fitr congregations. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) deployed traffic and internal security force personnel at mosque and prayer ground premises where the officials worked while ensuring smooth traffic flow on the roads.
Many opted to go to prayer grounds in order to feel the Eid spirit in an open atmosphere.“The weather was good and we had all the reasons to choose prayer grounds. Prayer grounds seemed to be special as they very much depicted the joyous mood while highlighting the fact that we are entering to a new period while getting rid of the looming apprehensions of Covid-19,” said Abdul Rasheed PP. The Al Wukair resident, along with his friends, attended the prayers at the prayer ground at Al Wakra.
Further, prayer grounds lent the worshippers an opportunity to meet and greet on the special occasion.“I could meet some of my relatives and friends while performing the prayers with them. Some of them I met unexpectedly,” said Hubaib Nandi, who prayed at the prayer ground at Al Arabi Sports Club Stadium.
Meanwhile, parks and beaches recorded a huge flow of crowd that flocked to celebrate Eid by Monday afternoon. The Ministry of Municipality has put special measures in place and deployed cleaning staff across the beaches and parks in order to ensure the convenience of the visitors. Also, necessary equipment to carry the cleaning operations are in place along with additional garbage containers.
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