Several religious clerics in the country, during a press conference last week, have issued the instructions for their followers and allowed them to offer prayers together in the mosques.
During the press conference, on April 14, the prominent ulema and religious leaders including Mufti Muneeb-Ur-Rehman and Mufti Taqi Usmani have demanded the PTI-led federal government of Pakistan to lift the restrictions on the congregational prayers at the mosques in the country.
“Now, the lockdown will not be applicable on the mosques, Friday and Ramadan prayers will be held at the mosques,” said the Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-Ur-Rehman in a joint press conference on Tuesday.
A day earlier on Wednesday, the Chairman Ruet-Hilal-Committee Mufti Muneeb-Ur-Rehman said that he and Mufti Taqi Usmani would offer prayers at their homes during the holy month of Ramadan due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While talking to the media, the prominent cleric said that he was offering prayers at the home during the pandemic and the same would be continue during the holy Ramadan.
“We have started implementing the 20-point agreement finalized with the federal government,” Muneeb-Ur-Rehman said. “We have promised with President Arif Alvi and the Prime Minister Imran Khan that people aging above 50 will not come to mosques,” he added.
This decision raised some questions here:
How the people below the age of 50 are exempted from being the source of coronavirus spread?
What if a man with the age between 20 and 30 take the coronavirus with him to his home and transfer it to his parents who are above 50?
If the symptoms of the coronavirus take 12 to 14 days to be appeared in the body of any human being, then how anyone having the disease keep himself out of the mosques?
How these religious scholars will stop the people above the age of 50 from going to the mosques which are located in any small street of any rural or small town while knowing that how illiterate people are living here in our country?
These religious scholars should know that people are already not following the government’s instructions to practice social distancing and continue going to the mosques, markets, and other gathering points. I personally know the hundreds of people who are above 50 and regularly go to the mosques to offer the prayers and no one in the government and prominent religious scholars were and will be able to bar them from going to the mosques.
During the times of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), all the Muslims were once instructed by the ‘Moazin’ to offer the prayer at their home instead of offering the Friday prayer at the mosques just because of the heavy rain.
The simple thing that we should all need to understand is that if a man with the age between 20 and 30 is less likely to be affected by the novel coronavirus, there is high chances that the people above 50 will be affected badly if they got the virus from the young son, relative, friend or anyone.