No Eid congregation this year for COVID-19
270-yrs history of Sholakia being changed!
Published: 06:28 PM, 15 May 2020 Updated: 09:31 PM, 15 May 2020
For the first time, the Eid-ul-Fitr congregation is not taking place in the historic Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in Kishoreganj, the 270-year-old largest Eidgah Maidan of the country.
The Islamic Foundation has banned all kinds of the congregation on Eid day in open fields and Eidgah Maidan to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. In view of this, it has been decided not to hold Eid Jamaat at Sholakia Eidgah Maidan.
Confirming the matter, Eidgah Management Committee president and District Commissioner (DC) of Kishoreganj, Md Sarwar Murshed Chowdhury said that Eid congregation has been banned in open fields and Eidgahs across the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “Eid Jamaat will not be held this year considering the physical safety of millions of devotees who gather in Sholakia.”
In the current situation, it is not possible to hold a meeting of the Eidgah committee, he also said adding, “In view of the decision taken at the national level and as the chairman of the committee, it has been decided not to hold Eid Jamaat at Sholakia. But, the committee meeting will be held in a few days.”
Every year, extensive preparations were made for the Eid congregation in Sholakia where around 3 lakh devotees from home and abroad gather for performing prayers, especially on Eid-ul-Fitr.
Four levels of security were taken for the safety of millions of devotees, even two special train services were being prepared for the devotees from Mymensingh and Bhairab Bazaar each year.
It is known that Dewan Mannan Dand Khan, the 16th descendant of Isha Khan, one of the great heroes of the Baro-Bhuyan, waqf the Sholakia Eidgah in 1950. The waqf document mentions that Eid Jamaat has been held at Sholakia ground since 200-years ago. In 1828, about 1.25 lakh devotees performed Eid prayers together for the first time in this ground on Eid-ul-Fitr. From then on, the name of this field was ‘Swalakhia’ – which is now known as Sholakia.