Fazl-ur-Rehman endorses govt’s ban on congregational prayers

Dera Ismail Khan: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief has urged people to abide by the guidelines issued by authorities in light of advice by medical experts while offering prayers to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that the scholars representing all schools of thought had already given their unanimous opinion on this issue and recommended that only muezzin, prayer leader and members of mosques’ administration should offer prayers in congregation.

“When doctors recommend that people should take maximum precautionary measures and not go near affected people then people are bound to abide by these guidelines and follow instructions of the district administration in this regard,” he noted.

JUI leader has suspended all political activities and even offered Friday prayers with his family members, in a mosque within his residential property.

“Our religion gives certain relaxations during extraordinary circumstances. In the prevailing situation people can offer congregational prayers along with family members at their homes,” he added.

Earlier, federal government had ‘restrained’ Friday congregational prayers as new cases of the novel coronavirus continued to emerge across the country, while Sindh government has also limited congregational prayers in mosques to five people, across the province from March 27, 2020 till April 5, 2020.