On Tuesday, a meeting of Ulema and religious scholars from across the country took place. In the meeting, it was decided that the congregational prayers for the five daily prayers and the Friday prayers will be held in Mosques from now onwards. But precautionary measures will be taken as advised by the government.
This statement by the Ulema have come at a time when the government decided that lockdown will continue amid coronavirus outbreak, however restrictions will be eased for a few industries that are low-risk.
In all the provinces authorities have officially restricted congregations in mosques, including for Friday prayers, to five people or less since the last couple of weeks. But there were many instances when these orders were violated.
Mufti Taqi Usmani, a renowned religious scholar and former judge of the Federal Shariat Court said that it has been decided that prayers will be held in Mosques while taking precautionary measures. This was stated following a meeting between the representatives from the Jamiat-e-ulema Islam, Jamiat-e-ulema Pakistan, Jamaat-i-Islami and Tanzeem-e-Islami among other religious parties at the Karachi Press Club.
About the precautionary measures, Usmani said that distance will be made between rows and individuals during congregations. He said that elderly must pray at their homes.
Adding, “In the present conditions, five daily prayers along with precautionary measures are essential.”
As per known religious scholar and chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneebur Rehman said the lockdown was not “applicable to mosques”.