The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and the famous religious scholars belonging to different schools of thought have reached a unified decision on the Nizam-e-Salat draft bill, visualising unified prayer timings. This consensus was reached on Tuesday.
The meeting was held at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and was led by the Federal Minister of the Religious Affairs—Sardar Muhammad Yousaf.
The meeting was attended by the members of the Nizam-e-Salat committee, the Minister of State for Religious Affairs—Peer Aminul Hasnaat, Khalid Masood—Federal Secretary and many other important leaders of the religious schools representing all schools of thoughts.
The Minister—Yousaf said that the draft bill was further improved after discussions. He said that the stakeholders would be taken into complete confidence and their recommendations would be considered before the draft is finalized.
He thanked the Ulema for their role in the making of the draft bill and said the related departments would also be approached for their respective inputs.
The meeting participants were informed that out of six hundred and fifteen mosques in the federal capital, six hundred and six had confirmed to implement a unified time for prayer and Azaan timings, as per the last meeting. Later Nizam-e-Salat would be broadened to fifty Union Councils of the federal capital.
Back in May 2015, the Federal Ministry for Religious Affairs had released the Nizam-e-Salat calendar for unified prayer timings in Islamabad.
This indeed is a great step by the Religious Ministry. Practising it would also bring an overall uniformity in the Muslims as all would be fulfilling the religious obligation at the same time which would even boost the brotherly feelings.