Religious decree issued to avoid coronavirus

By: Sabah News      Published: 07:46 PM, 17 Mar, 2020
Religious decree issued to avoid coronavirus
–File photo of Pakistan Ulema Council meeting.

The Urdu speeches in Friday prayers should be ended besides restricting the Arabic sermons to minimum level and offering Sunnah of all five prayers at home, said a religious decree issued here by ‘Dar-ul-Afta’ of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), Wafaq-ul-Madaris Pakistan and Ulema of various school of thoughts in a meeting chaired by Allama Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. 

The decree says all religious, political gatherings should be suspended/restricted forthwith for preventing the spread of deadly coronavirus in the country. The decree says sufficient space should be ensured between prayer rugs (Saf) of mosques. Joint prayers should be offered at bare floor and floors must be cleaned with soap and surf before offering each prayer.

Aged persons and children should better offer prayers at home. Ambulation centres of all mosques should be kept cleaned thoroughly.

Soaps and sanitisers should be placed at the ambulation centres. Philanthropists should donate soaps, sanitors in mosques to benefit people.

Ulema urged adopting principals of Islamic Sharia to protect themselves from deadly coronavirus. The decree says preventive measures were not un-Islamic. Hand shaking and hugging was not obligatory, say only Assallamaalaikum to friends and others during meetings.

People should use masks, sanitisers, as precautionary measures. Ulema urged businessmen to avoid hoarding of masks, sanitisers and asked people to complain the hoardings to the relevant district management. Ulema urged the government to punish hoarders and profiteers.

Ulema urged the nation to persistently seek forgiving their sins from the Almightily Allah, recite Ayat-e-Karima and Darood Sharif, besides ensuring implementation government’s instructions to prevent from the deadly virus.

The meeting was attended by Allama Syed Zia Ullah Shah Bukhari, Maulana Muhammad Khan Leghari, Qari Javed Akhtar Qadri, Maulana Muhammad Hanif Bhatti, Allama Syed Sajjad Naqvi, Allama Ghulam Akbar Saqi, Allama Abdul Haq Mujahid, Maulana Muhammad Rafique Jari, Maulana Nauman Hashir, Qazi Matiullan Saeedi, Allama Abdul Karim Nadeem, Maulana Asadullah Farooq,Mufti Muhammad Umer Farooq, Maulana Abubakar Sabri, Maulana Asad Zakria Qasmi, Maulana Muhammad Nawas,Maulana Mufti Hafeezur Rehman, Maulana Ammar Baloch, Maulana Syed Muhammad Yousaf Shah, Allama Tahirul Hassan, Qari Asmatullah Muavia, Maulana Aseedur Rehman Saeed,Maulana aziz Akbar Qasmi, Maulana Muhammad Ashfaq Patafi, Maulana Hussain Ahmed Durkhwasti, Maulana Zubair Abid, Maulana Yasir Alvi and others.