Karachi: CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah has ordered to withdraw cases lodged against Ulema and Imams for violating the ban imposed by government on congregational prayers amid coronavirus outbreak.
Chairing a meeting of top police officials and religious scholars from different school of thoughts including Mufti Taqi Usmani, Imran Usmani, Zubair Usmani, Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Rafi-ur-Rehman, Abdur Rehman, Rehman Amjad, Abid Mubarak, Yousuf Kashmiri, Allama Shahenshah Hussain Naqvi, and Maulana Abdul Waheed, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah announced that government will withdraw all the cases registered against Ulema and imams who violated the temporary ban on congregational prayers, specifically Friday prayers.
Earlier, in light of advisory issued by the health experts, Sindh government limited congregational prayers in mosques to their respective staff, i.e. mosque’s imam, muezzin and khadimeen. However, there were violations observed and the prayers were well-attended by the people in some areas.
According to Chief Minister, the decision to limit congregational prayers had been made after thorough consultations with all stakeholders in the matter, “The most challenging aspect was to stop congregations in the mosques but I’m thankful to the Ulema for guiding us. The objective is to save our people from this disease and with the cooperation and support of Ulema, this has become possible”, said Murad Ali Shah.
Sindh government has clarified that mosques have not been closed or deserted, only the congregational prayers have been limited to 4-5 individuals, preferably mosque administration, to curb the spread of coronavirus.