Fatwa Issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar to Suspend Friday Prayers in Pakistan

 A fatwa has been issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar on the request of President Dr. Arif Alvi to permit the suspension of Friday prayer. This is to control the spread of deadly coronavirus across Pakistan.

The President in a tweet said, “I am thankful to Grand Imam Shaikh of Al-Azhar and Supreme Council for responding to my personal request to provide guidance to us with regard to Farz Jamaat and Juma prayers in mosques during coronavirus attack.”

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Through Egypt’s ambassador in Pakistan, President Alvi sought guidance from Al-Azhar institution, an authority on Islamic injunctions. The aim was to suspend congregational prayers at mosques considering a surge in coronavirus cases.

President has appealed to religious leaders in Pakistan to take action on the fatwa of Egypt’s Al-Azhar institution that said that canceling Friday prayers over coronavirus concerns is completely Islamic.

Dr. Arif Alvi tweeted, “I request Ulema to take urgent action to stop #CoronaVirus spread in Pakistan, based on principles of Islam from Quran & Sunnah.
Countries that have stopped congregational prayers: UAE, Saudia, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt etc.”

Dr. Alvis said that the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt have already suspended congregational prayers.

Also, the fatwa stressed that public gatherings which include congregational prayers at mosques can result in the spread of coronavirus thus they must be suspended for now.

Also, the words in Azaan are changed with words ‘Salaat Fi Buyut-e-Kum’, meaning ‘pray in your homes’ instead of the usual ‘come to prayer’.

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