HYDERBAD: Muslims across the Telangana state offered 'Juma-tul-Vida' or last Friday of Ramzan prayers at their homes in view of the ongoing ban on religious congregations due to coronavirus lockdown.
Hyderbad's historic Charminar and Mecca Masjid wore a desserted look on Friday which used to witness the huge mass gathering on 'Juma-tul-Vida' of Ramzan every year.
This is said to be the first time since the construction of Mecca Masjid in 1694 that ''Juma-tul-Vida'' prayers were not held.
Every year on the last Friday of Ramzan over lakh people used to gather for prayers at Mecca Masjid. But amid lockdown, only the congregational of Juma-tul-Vida prayers was held with a small gathering yesterday.
Hyderabad City Police chief Anjini Kumar and many police personnel were deployed at old city area ensuring the lockdown enforcement.
Apart from the biggest holy night, 'Shab-e-Qadr' was also witnessed a very calm with people keeping themselves locked inside their houses and following rituals at home.
People followed the advice of top clerics and community leaders by performing at home the daily prayers during Ramzan including 'Taraveeh', the special prayers offered every night during the holy month.
Meanwhile, top Islamic scholars and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi had called upon Muslims to abide by the lockdown restriction and offer all the prayers including Eid prayers at home.