President agrees on congregational prayers, Taraweeh in Ramadan
President Arif Alvi has urged mosques to follow discipline while organizing events during the month of Ramadan.
“We will ask for forgiveness during this holy month,” President Alvi said while presiding over a meeting with religious scholars on Saturday.
“We have sought proposals from the provincial governments to incorporate their point of view while making a decision in this regard,” the president said.
President Arif Alvi in Islamabad has agreed to conditionally allow prayer congregations and Taraweeh during the holy month of Ramadan.
The twenty point strategy based on precautionary measures was formulated in consensus with the religious scholars and the provincial governments including Azad Kashmir to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
President said it has been decided that no carpets will be laid in the mosques and Imam Bargahs and that the prayers will be offered on the floor with a distance of six feet between the people.
The people are also required to make ablution at home and wash hands for twenty seconds with soap before leaving for the mosque with masks on their faces.
They are also required to observe social distancing and refrain from any sort of gathering after the prayers.
There will be no gatherings for Iftar and Sehr in mosques during Ramadan.
It was decided the floor of the mosques will be washed with chlorine added water.
Here are the 20 points agreed upon.
- No carpets or dariyaan in mosques because the virus is airborne. Clean floors for prayers
- If people want to bring prayer mats from home they may do so
- No gatherings after namaaz/Taraweeh
- If a mosque has an open area/garden it is preferable to conduct prayers
- People over 50 years, children should not be allowed
- Follow the instructions of social distancing by WHO and other health experts
- Taraweehs should not be conducted on roads, footpaths and anywhere else than the mosques
- People should continue to keep praying at home
- Masjid, imam bargahs floors should be washed with chlorinated water regularly
- There should be a six feet distance during congregational prayers
- The mosque should form committees to ensure that people are abiding by the rules and decided SOPs
- Marks should be made on mosque, imam bargah floors to guide people about social distancing
- People should do ablutions from homes
- Wear face masks to mosques and maintain physical distance.
- Avoid handshakes
- Observe aetikaf at home
- Do not prepare or hold Sehri and Iftaar in mosques
- Mosque committees should be in constant contact with the provincial government
- Mosques committees are allowed to conduct Taraweeh under these SOPs
- If during Ramazan, government authorities feel that the situation has slipped out of hands and the number of cases surge, the authorities can amend the decisions taken
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