Clerics concede little ground in meeting with Alvi




While ulema of various schools of thought on Thursday assured President Alvi  that they will follow the directions of government regarding ban on Friday prayers at mosques, religious affairs later during a press conference said that mosques shall stay for all prayers including Friday however mosque administration will ensure minimal presence.

Separately, government of Sindh imposed ban on Friday prayers across the province until April 7. However only mosque staff shall be allowed to offer prayers inside mosques but that number shall not exceed five.

According to spokesman of president house ,President Dr. Arif Alvi held a video conference with Governors and ulema from various schools of thought . During the consultative session, the President discussed with ulema the situation arising out of Covid-19 Pandemic and sought their cooperation to create awareness among the masses about the disease. He urged the ulema to advise and educate the people to stay indoors and offer their prayers in their homes, which would help in containing the spread of disease.

The President highlighted the preventive measures which needed to be taken by the people to stop spreading the disease. He emphasized that the only solution to the present crisis was to maintain social distancing and act upon the guidelines provided by Islam to cope with such situation. The President appreciated the unity among ulema, particularly the unanimous declaration issued by them yesterday in Karachi which calls for adoption of preventive measures against Covid-19.

The Ulema assured their complete support and said that they would comply with the instructions given by the Government. They said they had already taken a number of steps like cancelation of religious congregations, postponement of convocations and examinations, besides declaring holidays for over 3 million Madrassah students. They advised the people to resort to Almighty Allah to rescue us from this crisis. The ulema appreciated the steps initiated by the Government against the Pandemic. They also commended the relief measures taken by the Government for the welfare of the needy. The ulema paid homage to the doctors and nurses who are on the frontline against this Pandemic.

The President expressed his gratitude to the Ulema for supporting the policies of the Government against Corona Virus.

President AJK, Sardar Masood Khan, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri, provincial governors, including Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology, Qibla Ayaz and ulema from various schools of thought were also present on the occasion.