Shahi Imam Bukhari’s adventurism with Islamic faith means Muslims in Delhi will not get govt holiday this Eid

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Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmad Bukhari’s decision to indulge in adventurism appears to have cost thousands of Muslim government employees in the national capital their Eid holiday this year.

This was after the Centre’s Narendra Modi government decided to change the government holiday meant for Eid-al-Adha from 22 August to 23 August. In its fresh notification, the government’s Department of Personal Training said, “It has been brought to notice of this ministry that in Delhi Id-ul-Zuha will be celebrated on 23rd August, 2018. Accordingly, it has been dicided to shift the holiday to 23rd August, 2018 in place of 22 August, 2018 notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi/New Delhi.”

The government order: The Leaflet

What this means is that Muslims working in central government offices in Delhi will now have to go to office on the day of Eid. This is all because Bukhari first announced 23 August for Eid in Delhi as opposed to rest of India celebrating the festival on 22 August. It was only several days later that the Shahi Imam decided to have a change of heart and retracted from his earlier statement on 16 August. His act was widely criticised and deemed extraordinary.

After the government notification, the Supreme Court has already announced that it will continue to function on 22 August and the top court will remain closed on 23 August instead.

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