Coronavirus: Mirwaiz headed MMU urges people to offer only obligatory prayers in mosques, issues advisory

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Srinagar

Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema Jammu and Kashmir, a conglomerate of religious bodies of J&K, headed by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressing deep concern over the spread of coronavirus has issued a joint statement in wake of the outbreak that has killed over 7500 people and infected nearly two hundred thousand across the world.

A file photo of Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema

In a statement, MMU prayed not only for the Muslim World but the whole humanity which is combating the viral disease.

“MMU prayed to Almighty Allah to keep humanity safe from the deadly outbreak, and its spread,” the statement said.

“We pray for an atmosphere of peace and health across the world,” the MMU said.

In view of the religious events in J&K, the Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema has called upon the Ulema, Khateebs and management of masajids to strictly follow the following guidelines and educate people about them.

  • Refrain from organising events which require large gathering.
  • Deliver brief Arabic sermon during Friday congregations and seek Almighty’s refuge from the coronavirus outbreak.
  • People must offer Sunnah and Nawafil prayers at home, and leave the masjid shortly after Fardh (obligatory) prayers. They must continue with Tilaawat (reading of Qur’an) and Dhikr-o-Adhkaar (remembrance of Allah) at home.
  • Every individual must turn to Allah (SWT) and keep seeking forgiveness of sins.
  • The elderly the sick people are requested to stay home and pray there instead of coming to Masjid’s .
  • While greeting other people handshake and hugs should be avoided.
  • Wash hands before entering and leaving the Masjids.
  • Limit felicitation and condolence meetings by shortening the duration period.
  • Follow the advice of health experts in letter and spirit.
  • The traders, shopkeepers and medical store owners must refrain from hoarding soaps and sanitisers.
  • Affluent people are requested to donate sanitisers to Masajids, Khanqahs, shrines and Imambaras.
  • The concerned departments (municipal corporations) must ensure that all the religious sites and the places where religious congregations are held; are sanitised on a regular basis.

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