MOSUL: The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group is banning the residents in Mosul from performing prayers on one of the most important Muslim feasts, Eid-al-Fitr claiming that the practice does not belong to the Islamic religion, according to a local report.
A Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official for Mosul, Ismat Rajab, currently staying in the Kurdistan region reportedly said that the radical group has warned residents to avoid prayers for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in about a week.
According to Rajab, ISIS has claimed that the Eid prayer is originally ‘not an Islamic practice’ and was never performed at the time of Prophet Mohammad.
The jihadists have been arresting people with new rules and regulations backed by severe punishments that include the threat of death for offenders ever since ISIS has taken over Mosul last year.
Also called as the Feast of Breaking the Fast, Eid al-Fitr is an important religious occasion celebrated by Muslims across the globe that marks the end of 30-day Ramadan period, the Islamic month of fasting.
Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated across the world on Friday.