Muslim religious leaders rule out outdoor congregational prayer during Eid’l Adha

Published July 30, 2020, 12:02 PM

by Keith Bacongco

DAVAO CITY –Muslim religious leaders here have ruled out the holding of the usual outdoor congregational prayer as they celebrate Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) on Friday, July 31.

File photo shows Muslims gather for a congregational prayer in Davao City. ( Manila Bulletin File / Keith Bacongco)

Aleem Mahmod Mala Adilao, chair of the Ulama League of the Philippines in Davao Region, told Manila Bulletin that the Eid’l Adha prayers will be held in their respective mosques.  

However, Adilao said only 50 percent of the mosque’s capacity will be allowed, as they need to adhere to protocols of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease.

Unlike in the past Muslim feasts, Islam believers in the city gather at the Tionko Football Field for the congregational prayers.  

The religious leader said that as part of the practice during Eid’l Adha, they butcher cow and goats and share a meal together.

“Sa ngayon dahil pandemic, wala na munang salo-salo. Medyo hindi masaya kagaya ng dati dahil sa bawal pa ang mass gathering,” said Adilao.

He said the food will instead be distributed to every household. 

On Thursday, President Rodrigo Durerte issued Presidential Proclamation No. 985, declaring July 31, Friday, a regular holiday in the Philippines, in observance of Eid’l Adha.