Alvi offers Zohr prayers at home instead of Juma at mosque
Citing a Hadith, President Arif Alvi on Friday said he had offered the Zohr prayers at his house instead of attending the weekly Juma prayers at mosque.
Asking Allah for forgiveness, the president said he had followed a Hadith in which it had been stated that the sick should not mix with the healthy.
I decided to perform Zohar in my house today instead of Juma. May Allah forgive me. I am attracted to Hadith of the Prophet ﷺ who said ‘Sick should not be mixed with healthy' and when I don't know who is sick and who is healthy, I save others from my infection too.— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) March 20, 2020
He added that “and when I don't know who is sick and who is healthy, I save others from my infection too”.
The decision and the tweet from the president is a result of the coronavirus pandemic affecting the country, as both the government and experts are stressing the need for social distancing.
Some circles are calling for suspension of the Friday prayers – like Saudi Arabia and other countries – to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Apart from other strict measures, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have even banned the daily prayers at mosques.