Clerics opine to continue prayers at mosques
Published : Monday, 30 March, 2020 at 11:42 PM Count : 173
Alems-Ulemas (Islamic scholars) have decided to continue prayers at mosques across the country amid the outbreak of coronavirus.
They came to the decision after a meeting a meeting with the officials of Islamic Foundation (IF) at Agargaon in Dhaka with IF director general Anis Mahmud in the chair.
Alems-Ulemas also provided some guidelines for general people, imams, khatibs, and mosque committees, said a press release on Monday.
The Islamic Foundation on Monday issued some guidelines over various issues, including offering namaz and maintaining people’s safety at mosques, and the funeral of coronavirus patients.
The scholars asked people having coronavirus symptoms, sick, elderly people or those arrived here from corona-hit countries or regions not to go to mosques but to offer prayers at home.
They said Namaz, Iakamat, Jaamat and Jum’a will continue at mosques.
All the imams, khatibs, muazzins and mosque committees have been asked to clean the mosques after namaz for five times and change the floor mats or carpets.
The meeting held on Sunday was attended by Sholakia Eidgah Khatib Maulana Fariduddin Mashud, Shaikh Zakaria, Islamic Research Centre's director general Mufti Mizanur Rahman Sayeed, Mufti Delwar Husayn, Maulana Mahfuzul Huq, Dr Moulana Kafiluddin Sarker Salehi, Baitul Mukarram Mosque's senior pesh imam Mufti Mizanur Rahman, Pesh Imam Muhibullahil Baqui Nadvi, among others.
Islamic Foundation’s DG and other senior officials were present at the meeting. The opinions of several leading clerics living outside Dhaka were also heard over mobile phones at the meeting.
The Islamic Foundation has urged people to cooperate with all concerned in the funeral of corona-infected people. It said showing negative attitude towards them go against Islam and inhuman act. According to Hadith, pandemic victims get the dignity of martyrs, it said.
The Islamic Foundation has urged people to extend helping hands and provide food to the low-income people during the crisis.
It urged all not to spread any rumour and also suggested them not to believe those as well because rumour can be fatal for people.
It also requested people to keep presence at the mosques limited during Jamaat and Jum’a prayers to prevent transmission of coronavirus.
Earlier, it also advised returnees from abroad, persons suffering from fever, cough and cold and coronavirus-like symptoms, to avoid going to mosques and public gatherings.
Bangladesh reported another COVID-19 case in the country on Monday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 49.
The country so far confirmed five deaths.
Earlier on March 24, the Islamic Foundation held another meeting with the Alems and Ulemas. At that time, three requests were publicized taking their opinions. Those were limiting the number of devotees at the congregations, going to mosques with adequate personal safety measures, and requesting the sick, elderly and children not to go to mosques.