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Coronavirus Advisory India: Friday prayers in all mosques suspended

The mosques across India have already restricted the five-time daily prayers starting Tuesday when the 21-day lockdown was declared

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:08 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

India Friday Prayer Suspended

New Delhi: Organisations representing all Muslim sects have suspended Friday prayers to abide by the government's decision of complete lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, however, the call for prayers will continue in the mosques.

The mosques across India have already restricted the five-time daily prayers starting Tuesday when the 21-day lockdown was declared.

"The Friday prayer (Juma salah) should also be observed (only by Imam, Muezzin, Khadim, and administrators of the mosque). The prayer and the Khutbah (sermon) should be completed in the minimum possible period and the remaining public should do the Zohar prayer at home", the Friday prayer advisory issued by representatives and organisations of all Muslim sects said.

The orgnisations who have appealed to suspend Friday prayers till April 15 included Jamiat Ulema Hind, Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind, Sunni Jamita Ulema, Milli Council, All India Imam Council, Jamaat Islami Hind and others.

The Shia sect has also suspended the Friday prayers across the country and asked the people to remain indoors according to the directive of the government.

"We had suspended the Friday prayers and daily prayers in the mosques since last week and this will continue till the government desires as the primary object of every person should be to save lives and follow the government directive", Maulana Ashraf Imam of Mumbai, said.

"We are appealing to people to remain indoors from the mosque loudspeakers and social media", he added.

In Kashmir also, Grand Mufti Nasirul Islam said that he has appealed to people that Friday and daily prayers will be suspended and it's allowed in Islam.

"The mosqus in the capital and elsewhere are only giving call for prayers and 3 to 5 persons offer prayers adhering to the social distancing norms", said a Muezzin.

As seen in countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Iran, Turkey and Iraq where daily prayers and Friday prayers are suspended ever since the Outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19), Muezzin in India too have replaced "hayya alas salah" and "hayya alal falah" by "sallu fi buyutikum" and "as salat o fi rihalakam" which translates into "pray at home" and "pray wherever your are" instead of coming to mosques.

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