Jama Masjid of Delhi has been partially closed from yesterday 8 pm, i.e. after Maghrib (evening) prayers till June 30. There will be no prayer congregation, but only a few people will be allowed to perform prayers in congregation five times a day and regular worshipers shall pray at home.
New Delhi: The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari issued a press release Thursday announcing to keep the Jama Masjid of Delhi closed during the lockdown. He said that in view of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 epidemic in Delhi, it has been decided to keep the Jama Masjid closed once again for regular worshipers.
Shahi Imam said, “The number of patients was very low when the lockdown was announced on March 24 and today that number has reached 280,000. He said that people are aware of the situation of Delhi and the rest of the country.
In Delhi, Coronavirus is spreading very fast. The number of deaths and diseases is on the rise. Beds are not available in public and private hospitals. The countries and cities where the mosques were opened for worshipers are now closed, as the coronavirus is spreading rapidly.
He said, “There is no place to keep the deadbodies in the government hospitals in Delhi; the bodies are being kept in air-conditioned containers.”
“In view of this critical situation, I had sought public opinion two days ago for taking a decision of closing the Jama Masjid for common worshipers,” he said. In the meantime, the clergies were also consulted. The majority opinion is that it is obligatory to save human life from death and there is a Shariah jurisprudence allows for the same.
After consultation, it has been decided that only a few people will be allowed to perform prayers in congregation five times a day. The mosque now has been closed for public till June 30 effective since yesterday 8.00 pm. The other worshipers will offer prayers at their homes.
Jama Masjid was reopened on June 8 after 85 days
It should be noted that the Royal Jama Masjid was reopened on June 8 after 85 days due to coronavirus and lockdown. However, it was anticipated to be closed for regular prayers before Friday.
The Shahi Imam Syed Ahmad Bukhari, in view of the growing risks of the coronavirus, sought the advice which he discussed in his recent address that people are all aware of the situation in Delhi and the whole country.
The Shahi Imam said that coronavirus was spreading very fast in Delhi. Deaths and cases continue to be on the rise. Beds are not available in public and private hospitals. In countries and cities where mosques were opened for worshipers are now closed as Coronavirus is spreading rapidly.
He also referred to the speculations that there would be 5.5 million patients in Delhi by July. Some news organisations have even predicted that the number could be even higher.
In view of the dire situation, the royal imam had sought advice from the scholars and the youths as to whether the mosque should be kept closed for a few days as long as the situation is not in control and the virus keeps spreading.
It is to be noted that, at the time of the lockdown, only a few people were praying in the mosque. The mosque was closed for common worshipers and reopened on June 8.
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