Ulema from various schools of thought held a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday. They came on a mutual decision that the lockdown will no longer be implemented at mosques. However, their decision might leave people prone to coronavirus.
Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rahman said that Tarawih prayers and Itikaf will continue as per schedule in Ramadan. He called on people coming to mosques to practice social distancing.
While doing a joint press conference along with other scholars, Mufti Muneeb said, “We cannot afford to close mosques and madrassas for so long”.
Another renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani urged the government to not arrest people from within mosques. “All those who have been arrested [for coming to mosques] should be released,” he said. He also asserted that people should follow the government’s safety precautions. But, offering congregational prayers in Ramazan is obligatory.
What we have seen so far, people aren’t following basic social distancing in many places even with the lockdown across the country.
For Muslims, it is the most important thing to offer five-time prayers and [best] in a mosque. But, we can’t just leave everything to Allah and don’t make any efforts to make lives better for others. The lockdown extension only came into practice when people ignored the government’s guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier, just before the government extended the lockdown, more than 53 scholars of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, warned the government not to extend restrictions on mosques.
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People have been showing their support for Mufti Muneeb and trusting his knowledge regarding Islam. However, on the other hand, congregational prayers can spread the virus among the citizens if people don’t follow the social distancing rule.
Islamic scholars are also requesting people to practice social distancing and take precautions either it’s a mosque or any other public place.
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A few days back, many incidents across the country were reported where people try to offer prayers in mosques despite the ban. They even got miffed with the authorities and incited violence.
When it comes to mosques, people have stern beliefs about congregational prayers. It’s not the government who will come and make people follow the rules. The self-realization and taking care of the society should come from within, then only can we bring change.
We are waiting for the holy month of Ramadan and praying that we can perform every religious duty with utmost sincerity and devotion [without causing trouble for others].
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