Sindh govt bans congregational prayers until April 5

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Sindh govt bans congregational prayers until April 5

KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday introduced a ban on congregational prayers, beginning March 27, after the province’s coronavirus tally crossed over 400.

The announcement was made by Sindh data minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah. “Only three to five persons will be allowed to offer prayers in mosques,” he mentioned, including that the ban will proceed until April 5. 

Friday prayers have additionally been halted,  Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Law Murtaza Wahab mentioned, including that the provincial authorities had consulted with Ulema from all sects.  

The choice has been made to cease the unfold of the lethal coronavirus.

Wahab mentioned that the mosques would stay open, however solely the employees and less than 5 folks might pray inside.

The variety of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in Pakistan has hit 1,138 after extra folks examined constructive in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad Capital Territory, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Globally, 200 nations have been affected, greater than 21,000 folks have died and greater than 470,000 contaminated by the illness because it spreads quickly to new territories.

The choice comes a number of hours after Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri introduced that the federal government had determined to ‘restrain’ congregational prayers in mosques throughout the nation.

“It has been decided with consensus that Friday prayers will be ‘restrained’,” Qadri mentioned throughout a information convention. “Only mosques’ administration staff and a limited number of worshippers will be allowed to pray inside mosques,” he added.

He clarified that mosques is not going to be closed however prayers and zikr will proceed inside them. Dr Qadri mentioned that the choice had been taken in session with Ulema belonging to varied faculties of thought.

“Ulema have been told to tell people to pray inside their homes,” he mentioned. “It is not only the job of the government to control coronavirus but also of the people.”

The minister mentioned that varied programmes, lessons and examinations throughout varied madressahs in Pakistan had been postponed in gentle of the outbreak.