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Istiqlal Mosque to hold virtual ‘takbiran’ event to welcome Idul Fitri during pandemic

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 23, 2020   /   06:32 am
Istiqlal Mosque to hold virtual ‘takbiran’ event to welcome Idul Fitri during pandemic Workers spray disinfectant in the Istiqlal Mosque Praying Area in Jakarta on March 13. This year, the mosque is to hold a virtual 'takbiran' (a recital of God is great) to welcome Idul Fitri as it will not be hosting any mass gatherings, including congregational prayers, amid the pandemic. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The country’s biggest mosque, Istiqlal, is to hold a virtual grand takbiran event to celebrate Idul Fitri as it will not be hosting any mass gathering, including congregational prayers, to mark the end of Ramadan amid the pandemic.   

The takbiran, which contains a recital of Allahu Akbar (God is great), is traditionally held on the eve of Idul Fitri at mosques and on the streets involving tens to hundreds of people. 

This year, however, Istiqlal Mosque’s management is to hold the virtual takbiran in a less festive way, airing it on its YouTube channel and state-run television broadcasting network TVRI.

"This year's takbir akbar will be held virtually. Only a limited number of people are allowed to recite the takbir [at the mosque] to comply with the recommended health protocols," Istiqlal Mosque spokesperson Abu Hurairah Abdulsalam said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com

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There would only be five people in the mosque during the takbir, he added.

Idul Fitri messages from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo,  Vice President Maruf Amin as well as several ministers are also to be conducted virtually during the event. 

"It can be accessed via Istiqlal's YouTube account and state broadcasting company TVRI. 

The government announced on Friday that the first day of Syawal month, which marks the Idul Fitri celebration, would fall on Sunday. (vny)