Maharashtra Government has mistakenly declared Muharram holiday today instead of tomorrow after a confusion but after the opposition by the different Muslim groups, the govt said Muslim employees to use the earned or casual leave on Friday too.
Followed by the direction of the Maharashtra Government, all the banks and schools will be shut down in Maharashtra today as against the Muharram holiday given on Friday in the rest part of the country.
As a consequence of the orders of Muharram holiday, the stock market will also be closed today and there will no trading in the equity market.
Immediately after the orders of the Muharram holiday on Thursday by the government, Congress MLA Amin Patel joined with the representatives of the Jama Masjid Trust and asked the chief secretary Sitaram Kunte about the dissatisfaction among the Muslim employee for the holiday on Thursday instead of Friday.
Patel said, “After we told Kunte that Muslim employees would be inconvenienced if they are not allowed a holiday on Friday, he said the employee who wanted Muharram holiday on Friday could use their CL or EL and stay absent, while the official holiday is on Thursday”.
However, Samajwadi corporator Rais shaikh has requested the officials to give Muharram holiday to Muslim employee on Friday. He said, “Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta told me that Muslim employees of the corporation can take optional leave on Friday”.
As per the records, around 1.02 Lakh municipal employees will have Muharram holiday on Thursday.
Festival of Muharram marks the day to commemorate the Karbala battle fought between Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussain and ruler yazid in 680AD.
On this day, people remembered the sacrifice of Imam Hussain who lost his life in the battle after struggling hard without a single drop of water. Thus, Muslims serve the water to the poor for his honour in Muharram and some even beat them up with belts to experience the pain Imam would have gone through in the past.