Arshad, New Age Islam
In view of
the global threat posed by Covid-19, the governments of Gulf countries have
implemented mosque lockdown. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Iran have
suspended five time collective prayers and Friday congregations in mosques in
order to prevent the spread of Corona virus. In Saudi Arabia, only two holy
mosques on Makka and Madina will remain open with certain restrictions.
Following the decision of the Gulf countries, Pakistan also decided to keep
Friday congregations in the country comparatively small, advising the old
people and children not to come to the mosque as a precautionary measure.
however, the decision of Mosque Lockdown did not receive general acceptance. In
Kolkata, the decision of Mosque Lockdown was opposed and criticised by a
section of ulema.
to newspaper reports, the trustee of Nakhoda Masjid in Kolkata had advised
Muslims to come to the mosque with their own prayer mats. He had also advised
them to perform Wudhu at their homes and after the Namaz leave the mosque
quickly. He had referred to the restrictions put by the Gulf countries.
Reacting to the advisory issued by Nakhoda Masjid trustee, the President of Majlis-e-Ulema-Islam
Maulana Mokhtar Alam Rizvi said that according to a Hadith, the mosque was the
best place, and so putting restriction on entering it at the pretext of
precaution against diseases was against the principles of Islam. If Corona
Virus is a threat to health and life, medical remedies should be taken.
on prayers was not acceptable, he said. He further said that the holy Prophet
said that there is no Adwa that is diseases do not spread without the
permission of Allah. There was no need to panic and Muslims should spend more
time in mosques and pray for the protection of people from the epidemic. He
exhorted Muslims to offer collective prayers in mosques. He further said that
those who were advising Muslims to offer prayers at their homes were committing
exploitation (Istehsal) of the Deen.
religious scholar, Maulana Sharafat Abrar Dinajpuri also criticised the
statement of Nakhoda Masjid trustee saying that routine of the mosques should
not be compromised. He advised Muslims to offer collective prayers in mosques,
especially Friday prayers. He even advised Muslims to spend more time mosques.
the decision of Mosque Lockdown has not gone down well with Indian Muslims and
there is no report of suspension of five collective prayers in mosques or
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