People should follow govt directives on limiting congregational prayers: Mufti Taqi Usmani

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Mufti Taqi Usmani urges people to follow government directives on limiting congregational prayers

KARACHI: Renowned religious scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani on Friday urged people to respect the decision of the federal government to limit the number of people in congregational prayers at mosques around the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
In a message posted on social networking platform Twitter early on Friday morning, the religious scholar said that people should follow the directives of the government for Friday prayers and also try to follow them in their daily prayer routines.
“Where people pray, they must also pray to the Almighty to rid the world of the pandemic,” Mufti Usmani urged his fellow Muslims. The cleric further added that those not attending the Friday prayers should arrange to pray at their homes.
The federal government had on Thursday decided to ‘restrain’ Friday congregational prayers as new cases of the novel coronavirus continued to emerge across the country.
“It has been decided with a consensus that Friday prayers will be restrained,” said Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri during a news conference. “Only mosques’ administration staff and a limited number of worshippers will be allowed to pray inside mosques,” he added.

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