Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) issued circular instructing its ward officers to follow the state government circular regarding Moharram guidelines. The circular saying Moharram should be observed simply and that processions will not be allowed in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. And, have to follow the police circular issued time to time regarding the permission given if any.
Instructing his all the six ward officers and other MBMC officers, Ajit Muthe, Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters), Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation said, “Moharram mourning will be observed from August 21 to August 30, 2020. As per the norms, any festivities at this point should be observed keeping the coronavirus guidelines in mind. This year, the government has banned large processions and gatherings.”
He also attached the Maharashtra Government issued guidelines Muthe said, “Along with this, we have to follow the police circular issued time to time regarding the permission given if any, for Moharram program.
Moharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and observed by Muslims with self-discipline and mourning on the martyrs of Karbala in Iraq. Hazrat Imam Hussain (a.s), grandson of Holy Prophet and his 71 companions accepted the martyrdom in the seventh century in the battle of Karbala. It marks as one of the sacred months of the Islamic calendar.
1. The state government has issued the much-awaited circular. It said ‘matam’ (mourning) processions (juloos) will not be allowed this year. The ban imposed on social and religious programmes by the Centre and the state government to combat COVID-19 will continue.
2. 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.
3. The Majlis or Vaaz (religious gathering with sermons) programme should be organised online adhering to norms, the government said.
4. Permission is not granted to take out Tazia (a replica of the tomb of Imam Hussain(a.s)) and Alam(religious flag).
5. Permission should be taken from the local administration for setting up ‘Sabeels’ and not more than two persons should be allowed inside the Sabeel. Sabeels should distribute only sealed water bottles. Cleanliness of the place and social distancing should be observed there
6. Maximum, four persons are allowed at any event. Activities like blood donation camps, plasma camps, and medical camps should be organised on these days. From these Sabeels, public awareness programs about hygiene should be created.
7. Observing government guidelines aimed at curbing COVID-19 will be binding on all, said the circular.