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Indonesian Muslims perform Eid prayers with social distancing, masks

JAKARTA – Indonesian Muslims, faysal testing face masks and getting temperature checks as a precaution against the novel coronavirus, performed morning prayers on Friday (July 31) to celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha in mosques with reduced capacity as well as on the streets.

As the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country struggles to contain the spread of the virus, worshippers were advised to maintain social distancing during the prayers.

Indonesia’s religious ministry also asked mosques to shorten the gatherings this year, while many mosques cancelled the traditional ceremony when livestock is slaughtered and meat distributed to the community.

Instead, the donated sheep, goats and cows will be killed in abattoirs to mark the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail at God’s command.

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