Bangladesh mosques continue to hold prayers despite virus threats
Published : Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 at 12:25 AM Count : 449
Azan, congregations, and Jumma prayers will continue to be held as usual at all mosques in Bangladesh, said Islamic Foundation on Monday.
However, the authorities concerned have been requested to clean the mosques thoroughly with disinfectants before holding prayers five times a day.
It was also urged to removing carpets from all the mosques and making the congregations brief.
The Islamic Foundation said the decision was taken holding a meeting with the noted clerics of the country.
Earlier on March 24 last, the Islamic Foundation held a meeting with the country's noted clerics for ensuring safety of devotees at mosques in the wake of coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh. At the meeting, the clerics also agreed to limiting the number of devotees at congregations and Jumma prayers at the mosques.
However, it was told that mosques couldn't be closed in any way and devotees wouldn't go to the mosques without being confirmed about the measures taken for their protection from coronavirus infection.
In such a situation, the Islamic Foundation again held a meeting with the clerics on Sunday.
Referring to a fatwa issued by the Grand Imam of Egypt's Al Azhar University recently permitting the suspension of Friday prayers to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus and restrictions imposed by several Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia on their citizens suspending collective prayers, the Islamic Foundation sought the opinion of clerics at the meeting.
Besides, the opinions of several leading clerics living outside Dhaka were also heard over mobile phones.
However, the clerics declined to pay any heed to the fatwa of Al Azhar University's Grand Imam and the restrictions imposed by several Muslim countries' on their citizens to offer collective prayers at mosques.
The clerics attending the meeting asserted that all the mosques in Bangladesh must be kept open at any cost, if possible, in a limited scale. Mosques cannot be closed in anyway, even if the situation worsens further, they said.
The Sunday's meeting was adjourned.
Subsequently, the Islamic Foundation another meeting with clerics on Monday where a decision was taken. According to the decision, the Islamic Foundation advised eight types of devotees not to go to mosques.
1. Those who are infected with coronavirus.
2. Those who have fever, sneezing and coughing, throat pain, and shortness of breath.
3. Those who have arrived from the infected countries and regions.
4. Those who have come in touch with the infected people.
5. Those who are suffering from various diseases.
6. Elderly, weak, women and children.
7. Those who are nursing the sick people.
8. Those who fear that they will be infected visiting the mosques.
The Islamic Foundation also said those who will join Jumma prayer and five congregations a day, they must take necessary protective measures. They are requested to offer sunnat and nafal prayers at homes and go to mosques during the congregations. Finishing the faraz namaj, they should come back home quickly. They must wash hands with soap, wear masks, clean the floors of their houses with disinfectants.
The Islamic Foundation also urged the khatibs, imams, muezzins, and mosque committees to follow the following eight suggestions.
1. Cleaning the entire mosque with disinfectants before holding prayers five times a day and removing the carpets.
2. Making the congregations brief.
3. Making the Jumma prayers, khutba and doa brief.
4. Suspending Darse Hadith, Tafsir and Talim during the present crisis situation.
5. Keeping adequate soaps and tissues where devotees make ablution.
6. Standing at the congregations keeping distances.
7. Making Ishraq, Tilwat, Zikr and other prayers at homes.
8. Taking necessary measures quickly if there are any foreign national at any mosque in Dhaka or other parts of the country.