President Alvi urges scholars to ban congregational prayers after Jamia Al Azhar issues fatwa

Published on: 26/03/2020 | Comments: 1 comment 

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President Arif Alvi on Wednesday urged religious scholars to take urgent action to halt congregational prayers in the country and? curb the spread of coronavirus in Pakistan.

The president made the request after Grand Imam Shaikh of Jamia Al Azhar and Supreme Council in Egypt issued a fatwa???regarding the matter.

President Alvi had approached the scholars for guidance. He said the religious scholars should act on the basis of principles of Islam from Quran and Sunnah.

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I am thankful to Grand Imam Shaikh of Al Azhar & Supreme Council, for responding to my personal request to provide guidance to us with regard to Farz Jamaat & Juma prayers in mosques during attack. The details of Fatwa are below for our Ulema to take action.

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“Countries that have stopped congregational prayers: UAE, Saudia, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt,” said President Alvi.

The ?government of a country can impose a ban on congregational prayers, including regular and Friday prayers, and halt gatherings across the country,? read the fatwa.

It urged elderly people to stay indoors and not partake in prayers as in the light of available evidence, these gatherings are a reason for the spread of the virus.

The fatwa?also quoted authentic?hadith?from the Prophet where it highlighted the fact that during natural calamities Muslims were directed to pray inside their houses.

?The coronavirus is more dangerous than rain, therefore a ban can be placed on congregational prayers,? it read.

Pakistan has been facing a rise in coronavirus cases, as the country’s tally shot past 1,000 on Wednesday.

However, Sindh ? where the provincial government is taking stern steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 ? remains the worst affected with over 400 confirmed cases.

There have been eight deaths so far from coronavirus in the country, with the latest reported today in Punjab.

Meanwhile, in several Arab countries, the azaan has been amended and now it urges people to pray? in their homes.

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In Kuwait they amended Azaan instead of saying “Come To Prayer” which is typically called as “Haiya Alassolah” the muezzin ask the people to “say their prayer at home”.Same thing was done by our Prophet(S.A.W). Please follow the doings of Prophet (S.A.W) here also.?

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Scholars adamant to keep mosques open

Mufti Muneeb – ur-Rehman said Wednesday the mosques will remain open and prayers in congregation “Ba-Jammat Namaz” of five times daily with “Azaan O Iqamah” will be continued.

Addressing a press conference alongside Mufti Taqi Usmani, Maulana Shahenshah Hussain Naqvi, Mufti Muneeb while reading out the joint deceleration said that all people should come from their house to mosques in ablution “Ba-Wazoo” and only offer “Farz Rakt” in mosques while offer “Sunnat Rakt” at their homes.

He said that senitisers should be placed at entrance of the mosque and a general short and brief speech should be given in Urdu only for five minutes on the occasion of Friday prayers ?Namaz-e-Jumma?, so as to provide religious and medical guidance related to the pandemic

The Ulema have called upon the countrymen to ask for forgiveness from Allah Almighty.

He said that the pandemic is indeed a warning from Almighty Allah for our reformation.

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One thought on “President Alvi urges scholars to ban congregational prayers after Jamia Al Azhar issues fatwa

  1. Pity the country whose President has to beg local clerics to authorise the implementation of Ahadeeth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and fatawaa of the highest Muslim centre of learning the Jamia Al Azhar. Display of such cowardice confuses the people as to who is ruling the country? It is a reminiscence of 18th century Europe.
    The Fatwa of Jamia Al Azhar clearly states as do Ahadeeth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that bajamaat prayers can be offered at home also with only two persons. So is it not better that bajamaat prayers are held in every home instead of few mosques in this time of epidemic? Clerics should clarify whether they are interested in people offering bajamaat prayers or they just want people to come to the mosque and stand behind them, come what may.

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