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Indian Muslims throng markets for Eid shopping amid raging pandemic

 Indian Muslims crowded markets and mosques in India’s southern city of Hyderabad on the last Friday (May 7) of the holy month of Ramadan, as a deadly second COVID-19 wave was sweeping through the country.

Some mosques in the country remained shut over fears of rapid infection, which topped 21 million across the country.

Islamic organisations in India have urged Muslims to stay indoors and offer prayers at home during the holy month, however, Muslims in southern Hyderabad city thronged markets in large numbers to shop for the Eid festival.

Ramadan festivities were dampened in India’s central Bhopal city as mosques remained silent with no devotees and no prayers chants.

In the northern Lucknow city, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, only a few worshippers were seen offering prayers while maintaining social distance.

Since the start of the pandemic, it has reported 21.49 million cases and 234,083 deaths. It currently has 3.6 million active cases.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi has been widely criticised for not acting sooner to suppress the second wave, after religious festivals and political rallies drew tens of thousands of people in recent weeks and

became “super spreader” events.

(Production: Ben Dadswell, Avivit Delgoshen)

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