AGENCIES, Islamabad: In India, which has a sizeable Muslim population, ulemas and clerics have realised the need of social distancing and precautionary measures required to curb coronavirus pandemic. They have assured local authorities that people will not come out to offer namaz in mosques in order to cooperate with the lockdown guidelines.
But in Pakistan, the situation is quite the opposite. Media has reported that 50 senior clerics have warned the government against the ban on religious congregations amidst the coronavirus outbreak and said the authorities should instead abide by religious norms and allow more worshippers in mosques to seek forgiveness from Allah.
The government has banned prayer congregations of more than five people as part of its measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has infected over 5,715 people in Pakistan.
Despite the government’s pleas to observe social distancing, these senior clerics from Rawalpindi and Islamabad areas belonging to the Wafaqul Madaris al Arabia on Monday held a meeting in Jamia Darul Uloom Zakria to discuss the ban on prayer congregations, the Dawn News reported.
The meeting attended by clerics representing various seminaries, banned groups, political and non-political parties warned the authorities against the ban and said government leaders should abide by religious norms.
The warning came before the government could come up with a plan to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the holy month of Ramazan, which will begin in the last week of April.