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Ulema urge people to offer prayers at homes to control coronavirus

Ulema urge people to offer prayers at homes to control coronavirus
March 26, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Ulema have urged the people to offer their prayers at their homes to control coronavirus. In a statement issued after video link conference which was presided over by President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday. The Ulema assured their complete support and said that they would comply with the instructions given by the government. They said that they had already taken a number of steps like cancellation of religious congregations, postponement of convocations and examinations, besides declaring holidays for over three million seminary students. During the conference, President Dr Arif Alvi urged Ulema to advise and educate the people to stay indoors and offer their prayers in their homes to help contain spread of covid-19. He discussed situation arising out of Covid-19 pandemic with them and sought their cooperation to create awareness among the masses about the disease. The President emphasized that only solution to present crisis is to maintain social distancing and act upon the guidelines provided by Islam to cope with such situation. He appreciated the unity among Ulema, particularly the joint declaration issued by them in Karachi which calls for adoption of preventive measures against Covid-19. AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri, provincial governors, including Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology, Qibla Ayaz and Ulema from various schools of thought participated in the conference. Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Ulema belonging to Al-Azhar University has issued a ‘Fatwa’ banning the Friday prayers. Mufti Naeem said that the government reserves the right to ban the congregation of Friday prayers. “The government can ban the Friday prayers if it thinks it appropriate,” he added.