Telangana Wakf Board restricts congregational prayers in mosques

  • | Thursday | 26th March, 2020

Hyderabad: Authorities in Telangana have restricted congregational prayers in mosques, saying not more than five persons can offer prayers in view of the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus. State Wakf Board issues ordersThe State Wakf Board on Thursday issued orders, which apply not only for five regular prayers everyday but also for ‘Namaz-e-Juma’ or Friday prayers. The Wakf Board, a government body, directed all mosques in Hyderabad and 33 other districts to ensure that not more than five persons gather for prayers. Wakf Board cities ‘fatwa’The Wakf Board cited ‘fatwa’ or edict issued by Jamia Nizamia, a renowned Islamic University based in Hyderabad, stating despite high significance attached to Friday prayers, Islam also gives great importance to preservation of human life. The Wakf Board quoted medical experts as saying that congregations could lead to spread of the disease.

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