As the world is witnessing the second wave of the novel virus, Pakistan is also experiencing its second wave. There has been a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Keeping in view the present situation, Dr. Arif Alvi-the President of Pakistan issues a declaration to revive the SOPs of mosques congregations.
As per the shared details, the joint declaration was issued after a meeting of more than 86 clerics from the four mainstream schools of thought in the country — Barelvi, Shia, Deobandi, and Ahle Hadis — who belonged to all the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting also called upon the federal and provincial governments as well as the country’s political parties to adopt precautionary measures considering the growing danger of coronavirus.
The decision has been taken to observe Friday (Dec 4) as a day to create awareness about coronavirus among the masses during sermons, and prayer leaders would hold special prayers seeking forgiveness and protection from the pandemic.
The meeting, organized by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, asked the scholars and prayer leaders to play their role effectively, as they did in the first wave of coronavirus, in preventing its mass spread during the winter season.
The meeting decided that the already agreed 20-point SOPs would be preferably implemented at all gatherings, including collective prayers.
The declaration issued by President Alvi after the meeting said that large gatherings should be barred in functions at madrassas and shrines, Tableeghi congregations, Urs, Milad, Majalis, etc.
The declaration has asked religious leaders to forward the messages via mosques, madrassas, shrines, and imam-bargahs to the people to abide by all precautionary and preventive measures regarding Covid-19.
The declaration called upon the clerics to hold awareness sessions across the country; however, such forums have to be held under the supervision of the relevant officers of district administration, while observing the precautionary measures.