TS Wakf Board to take call on opening of mosques

Maulana Hafeez Mohd Rizwan Qureshi, Khateeb Mecca Masjid underscored the need to adhere to the physical distancing norms given the coronavirus pandemic.

By Author  |  Published: 1st Jun 2020  12:38 am
There is also a possibility of the mosque committees asking people to perform the ablution at their houses before heading to the mosque for prayers.—Photo:Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Wakf Board will shortly be holding a meeting with religious scholars, heads of important mosques and religious leaders on resuming the ‘namaz’ gatherings at the mosques, following the relaxations offered in Lockdown 5.0.

“A meeting will be held once more clarity emerges on holding the prayers at mosques in the State. So far, only five persons were permitted and the orders were adhered to across the State by the managing committees of the masjids. Now we will have to plan to keep in mind the physical distancing norms and other precautions,” said M A Hameed, Chief Executive Officer, TS Wakf Board.

Maulana Hafeez Mohd Rizwan Qureshi, Khateeb Mecca Masjid underscored the need to adhere to the physical distancing norms given the coronavirus pandemic. “All the precautions are to be taken seriously as it is for the good of the people. We will be making public follow the guidelines once they are announced,” he said.

It is learned, the mosque committees will be asked to ensure social distancing during all the prayers, cut short the Friday sermons, remove the carpets and clean the floor after every namaz and provide soaps/ hand wash in the mosque. There is also a possibility of the mosque committees asking the people to perform the ablution at their houses before heading to the mosque for prayers.

The biggest challenge for the Wakf Board will be to ensure physical distancing at the mosques on Friday afternoon at the Mecca Masjid wherein thousands of people gather for the namaz. Similarly, the masjid committees have to see that all the norms have adhered and precautions are taken. Across the city, there are close to 1,000 mosques.

A few countries in the Middle East have allowed prayer gatherings at the mosques which were earlier suspended following coronavirus. The prayers are being held following the physical distancing norms.


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