No new clothes in Eid, give money in charity: Lucknow Muslims

LUCKNOW: As a wake up call rounds on social media and at home, several have decided not to spend generously on Eid and, instead of buying new clothes, give that money as alms to those in need.

Deciding to wear his old 'best dress' city Muslims TOI spoke to, he said Eid, which is a community union festival after Ramzan, the month of good deeds and heavenly rewards, will only be so in this health crisis, if people are helped.

In the same vein, the Imam of Aishbagh Eidgah also appealed to his fellow Muslims on Sunday asking them to spend 50% of their Eid budget on behalf of the poor and closure.

Eid should be simple this year and at least half the budget we spend on Eid festivities each year, we should donate to the poor, the cleric asked.

Eid is a joyous occasion, but if our brothers and sisters are afflicted by the pandemic, how can we celebrate it each year? Instead of buying new clothes, my family and friends have decided to raise that money and give it to those who are going through bad days locked up, said Abdul Hannan, a young student.

Abdul, who belongs to a family involved in the Chikankari business, also said: Although Eid is the peak time for the sale of Chikan clothing and the industry is suffering a great loss, but we must be considerate of those who have lost more than us in this pandemic and emergency closure.

With calls for 'No new clothes but the best clothes' are shared by family and community social media groups, it is widely spread that money on Eid festivities must be spent on paying a child's school fee, the rent someone, help someone restore their business and feed a family.

Muslims have been encouraged to the highest possible charity throughout the year. On top of that, this year instead of paying money like Fitra (a fixed amount of staple food per family member or equivalent money given as charity before Eid) we will do siwaiyan and distribute to those who cannot afford to celebrate Eid, the mistress said from home Suboohi Alvi.

Researcher Sarah Sultan Khan believes the closure has been an opportunity for people to be empathetic. Most of the time we fast and start partying. We started planning our Eid outfits. But this year has brought a lot of understanding and empathy in people. I'm going to keep my neighborhood tailor and mehndi wali in mind, so I won't. Buy new clothes even if e-commerce sites reopen, but use that amount to reach those who really need help, he said.