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Ulema say lockdown on Mosques ‘lifted’, social distance will be maintained

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KARACHI: A number of religious leaders, while addressing a Presser here at KPC today (Tuesday 14th of April, 2020) stated that (while keeping the advice apropos maintaining social distance to contain spread of Coronavirus,) the five times congregational prayers (Namaz bajamaat) and Namaz-e-Juma would re-commence from today at mosques. Whereas, Tarawee and Etikaf too will take place during the holy month of Ramazan.  Religious Leaders at KPCReligious parties represented were Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami, Tanzeem-e-Islami and others. Venerated religious scholar and a former judge of Federal Shariat Court Mufti Taqi Usmani was also conspicuous among others.

Mufti Taqi Usmani asked the authorities not to arrest people from within mosques. He also stated that all those prayer-leaders and namazis who had been arrested for converging in order to offer congregational prayers should be released.

Mufti Taqi Usmani has asked people  to wear masks and remove prayer mats from mosques and ensure availability of sanitizers. He also advised elderly and sick to offer namaz at their residences. Namazis had also been requested to leave for their homes immediately after namaz. 

Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman  announced that during congregational prayers not only a distance will be maintained between namazis but a row will remain vacant between two saffs.

Other precautions, in order to prevent spread of the mysterious respiratory disease of  lungs, were also suggested: People should perform abulation (Wazu) at home; khateebs should shorten  khutba (sermon) by excluding Urdu part from it; A brief talk could be given in order to educate the namazis about COVID-19; Namazis should come to the mosque after praying Nawafil at home. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.