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Eid: Pandemic A Blessing In Disguise: Rahman

Lautoka businessman Hafiz Rahman believes that the COVID-19 was a blessing in disguise; for the first time this year families are celebrating Eid together in their respective homes.
25 May 2020 11:22
Eid: Pandemic A Blessing In Disguise: Rahman
From left: Aarish Rahman (back), Zinnat Nisha, Aaliyath Rahiman, Hafiz Rahman celebrating Eid at their home in Vuda, Lautoka on May 24, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Lautoka businessman Hafiz Rahman believes that the COVID-19 was a blessing in disguise; for the first time this year families are celebrating Eid together in their respective homes.

Initially Mr Rahman was frustrated with the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic because he was not able to operate his restaurant based at the South Seas Club.

“The benefit of the lockdown is for the first time since 2000, I managed to attend to my magrib (after sunset) prayers for the full 30 days,” Mr Rahman said.

“Otherwise I would be busy at work and don’t return home on time to do my prayers in the evenings,” the 57-year-old father of two said.

Mr Rahman added that during that time while continuing with the fasting he was also working on his backyard garden.

Vegetables from his garden are expected to be harvested in six weeks.

His eldest child, Aarish Rahman, 27, who works at a bank in the city, said: “It is a great time of the year to see dad in a relaxed mode and he is more into home gardening and sweating out. We join him from time to time.”

His daughter Aaliyath Rahiman, 18 a first year nursing student said it was a great moment to celebrate Eid together as a family.

His wife Zinnat Nisha, 48, said: “The pandemic has brought the family more closer than ever.

“This is one of the best memories in terms of Eid celebration.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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