Offer prayers by staying at home during Ramadan: Centre
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New Delhi: Centre on Thursday asked state waqf boards to create awareness among the people to offer prayers and perform other religious rituals during the holy month of Ramadan staying inside their home.
The holy month of Ramadan, which will begin from April 24.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs & Chairman, Central Waqf Council, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, today directed senior officials of more than 30 state waqf boards to ensure strict and honest implementation of lockdown, curfew and social distancing during Ramadan in view of Corona pandemic. He cautioned state waqf boards and religious and social organizations against fake news and conspiracies aimed at creating misinformation. “We should work united to win this fight against Corona by defeating any type of rumour, misinformation and conspiracy,” the minister said. In view of incidents of attacks on medical practitioners, Naqvi called upon Muslim religious leaders to co-operate with health workers, security forces, administrative officers, sanitation workers. “They are working for our safety and well-being even by putting their own life at risk in this Corona pandemic. We should also demolish rumours and misinformation being spread about quarantine and isolation centres by creating awareness among the people that such centres are only meant to protect the people, their families and the society from the Corona pandemic,” he said.
It may be mentioned that more than 7 lakh registered Mosques, Eidgah, Imambada, Dargah and other religious, social institutions come under the state waqf boards across the country. Central Waqf Council is the regulatory body of state waqf boards in India.
Naqvi asked the officials of all the state waqf boards to play an active and effective role to ensure that the people followed the guidelines of the Union Home Ministry, State Governments and the Central Waqf Council strictly and honestly while fulfilling religious responsibilities during the holy month of Ramadan by staying inside their home. He reiterated that in view of the challenges of Corona pandemic, like in all temples, gurudwaras, churches and other religious & social places, any mass gathering in all mosques and other Muslim religious places of the country had also been stopped.