In Pictures: Historic Jamia Masjid Reopens After 150 Days

by Bilal Bahadur

As the virus went viral and started its onslaught on the human race, the world was plunged into a crisis. With no cure available, staying in became a matter of life and death. The fear of survival brought life to a near standstill in almost every part of the world where life exists. The customs changed across. Besides other dimensions of existence, religious rituals also got disrupted. The subsequent lockdown led to the closure of all religious places as the authorities formally ordered a ban on congregations. Finally, the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar was thrown open on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, for prayers.
According to Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, the decision was taken while upholding the views of Shariah experts and following the guidelines issued by the medical bodies regarding the outbreak. (August 18, 2020)
Hundreds of men and women offered the congregational Zuhr prayers while maintaining social distance. They prayed to Almighty Allah to grant refuge to the people of Kashmir, Muslim Ummah and entire humanity from the deadly outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and all other sufferings and hardships. (August 18, 2020)
For the convenience of those coming for prayers, Auqaf Jama had put in place all the SOPs and other preventive measures including providing free masks and keeping the sanitisers inside the grand masjid and putting up posters of guidelines to be followed. August 18, 2020
As soon as the call for prayers (Azaan) was given, people started rushing towards the Jama Masjid and with extreme devotion and humbleness began kissing the doors and wooden columns of the grand masjid. It was a scene filled with emotions and rejuvenated the faith of the believers (August 18, 2020)
According to the Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid, along with the daily prayers, the congregational Friday prayers will also resume at Jama Masjid with all SOPs and other preventive measures in place.(August 18, 2020)



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