COVID-19: Mirwaiz urges Imams to deliver brief Arabic sermons

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Srinagar: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema Jammu & Kashmir, a conglomerate of religious bodies of J&K, headed by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while expressing deep concern over the spread of coronavirus Wednesday urged Imams to deliver brief Arabic sermons during Friday congregations.

Kashmir’s chief cleric said that Mirwaiz said that the MMU prayed not only for the Muslim world but the whole humanity which is combating the viral disease.

“We pray for an atmosphere of peace and health across the world,” said the MMU headed by Mirwaiz Umar.

In view of the religious events in J&K, the Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema has called upon the Ulema, Khateebs and management of masajids to strictly follow the following guidelines and educate people about them.

The MMU urged people to refrain from organising events which require large gathering.
It asked Imams to deliver brief Arabic sermon during Friday congregations and seek Almighty’s refuge from the coronavirus outbreak
“People must offer Sunnah and Nawafil prayers at home, and leave the masjid shortly after Fardh (obligatory) prayers. They must continue with Tilaawat (reading of Qur’an) and Dhikr-o-Adhkaar (remembrance of Allah) at home,” the statement said.

It said that every individual must turn to Allah (SWT) and keep seeking forgiveness of sins.
“The elderly the sick people are requested to stay home and pray there instead of coming to Masjid’s. While greeting other people handshake and hugs should be avoided. Wash hands before entering and leaving the masajids,” the statement said. “Limit felicitation and condolence meetings by shortening the duration period. Follow the advice of health experts in letter and spirit.”
The traders, shopkeepers and medical store owners must refrain from hoarding soaps and sanitisers.
The statement said that the affluent people are requested to donate sanitisers to masajids, khanqaahs, shrines and imambaras. The concerned departments (municipal corporations) must ensure that all the religious sites and the places where religious congregations are held; are sanitised on regular basis,” the statement said—(KNO)

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