Covid-19: MMU Says No Shab-E-Qadr, Eid Gatherings

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) headed by incarcerated Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday announced suspension of religious gatherings, including Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

In a joint statement issued to Kashmir Observer, MMU spokesperson said that all its members and constituent religious bodies have urged the Muslims of Jammu Kashmir to adhere to precautionary measures in view of the rising graph of Covid-19 cases in Kashmir.

“As a consequence, religious gatherings on the auspicious occasions of Shab-e-Qadr, Jummat-ul-Vida and Eid-ul-Fitr will remain suspended. Ulemas appealed people to offer prayers and other faith related activities at homes,” the spokesperson said.

The joint statement felicitated the Muslim world in general and the Muslims in Jammu Kashmir in particular on the occasion of Shab-e-Qadr, Jummat-ul-Vida and Eid-ul-Fitr.

Lauding the people for showing great wisdom in following precautionary measures, the spokesperson said that people should extend all possible help and assistance to each other, especially to the needy, destitute and daily earners in these extremely hard times. He said the people should also assist religious and welfare organisations in reaching out to the needy.

“Members expressed hope that in the blessed and holy month of Ramadhan, Almighty Allah will grant refuge to humanity from the ongoing coronavirus  pandemic, and that the life will return to normal at the earliest,” the joint statement read.

The statement also informed that the Sadqa-e-Fitr amount has been fixed at minimum Rs 55 per person which must reach the needy by Eid so that they are also able to celebrate the Occasion.

“Those who were not able to fast during Ramzan due to health concerns must offer Fidya of Rs 50 per day per person in the way of Allah,” the MMU statement added.

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