Iraq: Daesh Bans Eid al-Fitr Prayers in Mosul, Says it’s ‘Not An Original Islamic Practice’
Daesh militants have reportedly imposed a ban on Mosul residents from performing prayers during Eid al-Fitr, saying such a practice was never part of early Islam.
Eid al-Fitr, also called ‘Feast of Breaking the Fast’, is an important religious occasion celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of the 30-day fasting period of Ramadan.
According to Kurdish news source Rudaw, Isis has issued a warning to the residents of the Iraqi city to avoid Eid al-Fitr prayers.
The residents have been asked not to perform prayers on Eid al-Fitr as Isis scholars are of the opinion that such a practice never existed during the time of the prophet Mohammed, Ismat Rajab, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official for Mosul told Rudaw.
Earlier this month, reports had emerged that the ultra-radical group, on similar grounds, had banned Mosul residents from performing the traditional Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. Isis had claimed that the practice was a fad invented by Saudis.
Eight Arab sheiks, who had dared to flout the ban, were flogged publicly by Daesh.