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More than 50 clerics warn govt not to further restrictions on prayer congregations
Kalbe Ali Updated April 14, 2020
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Senior clerics of Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia warned the government on Monday not to further the restrictions on congregations in mosques, which have been imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Despite the government's pleas to observe social distancing, more than 53 senior clerics of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, belonging to the Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia, held a meeting in Jamia Darul Uloom Zakria, Tarnol, Islamabad to discuss the matter. The meeting was attended by senior clerics representing various seminaries, banned groups, proscribed persons and political and non-political parties.

The clerics' warning has been issued before the government could come up with a plan to curb the spread of the disease during the holy month of Ramazan.

After much deliberation and meetings with religious leaders, the government has banned prayer congregations of more than five people as part of measures imposed to curb Covid-19.

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A video clip released by them today showed clerics belonging to various political and non-political organisations including Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Aalmi Tanzeem Khatam-i-Nabuwat, seminaries such as Taleem ul Quran Raja Bazar and proscribed persons including a representative of banned group Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, sitting in close proximity of each other.

Announcing the decision, Pir Azizur Rahman Hazarvi, president of the Jamia Darul Uloom Zakaria, Islamabad and patron of JUI-F Islamabad said: “The senior clerics have noted that all efforts will be made to avoid clash and confrontations with the government and the state institutions.”

The meeting did not acknowledge the official directives of a maximum of five persons inside mosques for the collective prayers as the clerics said that the testing times demanded more time for prayers and announced that apart from the five times prayers, Friday and Taraweeh congregations will continue. The participants agreed to take other precautionary measures, however.

The precautions to be observed include the use of hand sanitisers, removal of rugs and carpets, washing of floors, cleaning of hands with soaps and social distancing.

Pir Azizur Rehman Hazarvi added, “The closure of mosques, shutting down Friday prayers and Taraweeh is unacceptable to the countrymen.”

He insisted that in order to get rid of the virus, it was imperative to seek forgiveness from Allah and increase the populace in mosques.

Furthermore, government leaders should also abide by religious norms and seek forgiveness, the clerics said.

The meeting criticised the authorities for arresting clerics across the country and demanded authorities to quash all cases against them.

The clerics said that they have cooperated with the government since the authorities starting taking measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country, but claimed that the officials' behaviour with the administration of mosques was not in the same coin.

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Meanwhile, Lal Masjid's cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz continues to challenge the authority of Islamabad Capital Territoty (ICT) administration by openly flouting the stipulated precautionary measures.


Every week, Aziz releases footages of huge congregations gathered for Friday prayers, denouncing the restrictions imposed by the government. As a result, the number of mosques organising large Friday congregations is increasing in Islamabad.


A senior official of the ICT administration expressed helplessness over the defiance by Aziz saying that any strict action could create a law and order situation.


On Monday night, police tried to place concrete barriers to block the entrance of Lal Masjid to stop people from going inside.


But they were stopped as female students came out from the mosque and sat on the road and in front of the heavy machinery. The social media team of Lal Masjid floated the incidents as an act of resistance by the female students.


In a related development, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Noorul Haq Qadri has announced that the government will contact leaders of various religio-political parties and take them onboard to restrict congregations in mosques for an extended period of time.

After meetings with senior clerics and leaders including Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Allama Sajid Naqvi, Prof Sajid Mir, Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri and Senator Sirajul Haq, the decision will be enforced across the country, Qadri said.

Later, Qadri met Interior Minister Brig retired Ijaz Ahmad Shah to discuss the formulation of a strategy to ensure that preventive measures are observed in the holy month of Ramazan.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1548934
 

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CII chairman advises people to offer Taraweeh prayers at home
by APP , (Last Updated 3 hours ago)



ISLAMABAD: Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz on Wednesday advised the people to offer Taraweeh prayers at home during the holy month of Ramzan to avoid coronavirus infection.

Religious decrees had already been issued by leading scholars of all schools of thought that the obligatory Friday prayers should not be offered at mosques amid the coronavirus pandemic while the Taraweeh prayers were not obligatory, and could be offered at home, he said while talking to APP.

He said that when Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) has prohibited people from offering prayers at the mosque after eating onion and garlic until the odor vanishes from their mouth, as it might disturb other worshippers, then how could one who is infected with coronavirus or is at the risk of contracting the virus offer his prayers at the mosque.

Offering prayers at home in the current circumstances had become all the more important as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of pandemic, he said, adding that it would not be a sin as the unanimous decrees have been issued by the scholars of all schools of thought in this regard.

He said that the CII meeting on April 2 had unanimously declared that only mosque staff should offer congregational prayers with strict precautionary measures.

He rejected the arguments of some religious scholars justifying congregational prayers at mosques on the pretext of shopping activities being carried out at departmental stores. He added that such arguments do not carry weight as protecting human life is more important.

The CII chief said that the religious scholars and prayer leaders should first pledge that social distancing would be maintained at their mosques, besides other precautionary measures, before offering congregational prayers there. The mosques were not being targeted as all the educational institutions across the country had also been closed, he added.

He said that disinfectant walk-through gates do not guarantee protection from coronavirus. It might be one of the precautionary measures to slow the spread of the virus, he added.

Responding to a question, he said that a patient, who died due to the coronavirus, should be buried as per Islamic traditions.

To another question, he said that scientific investigations did not prove that eating prohibited species of animals was the main cause of coronavirus.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/20...ses-people-to-offer-taraweeh-prayers-at-home/

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So, in the entire Islamic World, congregational prayers won't take place due to the unique circumstances. The Government ordered the temporary dismissal, and but here 50 relevant scholars in Pakistan have announced that congregational prayers will take place, and another one has been taunting the Government.
Men of God can't find God anywhere except in a Mosque...

The state really needs to put a leash on these people. When will we learn our lesson? The shut down the country at whim, cause havoc at whim, refuse state orders whenever they feel like, make someone's blood legal to be spilled whenever they feel like, they follow neither the Islamic law nor the State law. They have made their own state and the mosques have become their garrisons. It really is a joke.

I am not happy with Imran Khan so far in terms of performance, but I would hate to be in his position right now, or any leader's position. Trying to maintain social distancing as much as possible, while providing the poor and keeping the economy running... then come these idiots who defy law and order, and impose their own will.

 

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