Praying for health: Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha in 'new normal' way

The Muslim community around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha this year amid a pandemic. While some mosques have imposed rules such as social distancing and face masks, for some this is a new beginning. Here's how few of the mosques are celebrating this Eid while battling the novel coronavirus.


Hagia Sophia

The museum-turned-mosque Hagia Sophia in Turkey offered its first prayer after decades last week. This year, it will be the first celebration of Eid-Al-Adha in the mosque. Locals have been flocking to the newly-converted mosques since last evening to pay their respects.



The holy Mecca has been sanitised and prepared to welcome the devotees. However, this year the Eid celebrations will be limited as only few selected thousand people will be allowed to attend Hajj at this time of the year. 

Even the attendance at the Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, one of the most important and toughest ritual, has also been allowed only to few selected thousands.

However, it is being made sure that the Mecca is being sanitised properly and regularly, and all pilgrims are maintaining social distance and are wearing face masks at all times.


Al-Aqsa Mosque

Thousands of worshipers gathered in the compound of the third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Although the devotees were asked to maintain social distance, the mosque was still packed full with the devotees. All worshipers were also urged to wear face masks and cooperate with the authorities ro make sure the deadly virus is not spread.


The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul has been conducting prayer for a  couple of months now, and therefore will be celebrating this Eid in the normal way. However, all devotees are urged to maintain distance and wear face masks during the time they are present in the premises.


Auburn Gallipoli Mosque

Auburn Gallipoli Mosque in Australia is one of the most famous mosques of the country. A mosque that usually attends more than 500 worshippers daily has put a limit on maximum worshippers allowed inside the mosque this year due to the surge in the coronavirus cases in the country. 

All devotees have been asked to wear face masks and maintain social distance at all times. In addition to this, devotees have to queue and wait for their turn to enter the mosque as only few people are allowed at a time. The same is being followed for the Eid celebrations this year.