Pray at home and help the needy on Shab-e-Barat: Mufti Zulfaquar Ahmed
Mufti Ashrafi has called for celebrating the Shab-e-Barat by following government and medical guidelines for the COVID-19 outbreak. Other national level organizations like Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and other seminaries and religious figures have also appealed to Muslims not to go to cemeteries this time. Kolkata Mayor Farhad Hakim has said that the Corporation has decided to close all the cemeteries in Calcutta due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Kishanganj: On the occasion of Shab-e-Barat, a large number of Muslims visit the graveyards and perform prayers to Allah for their ancestors and dead relatives for their peace and forgiveness. In addition, in many places in India, Muslims carry out various activities as part of the occasion, which is not really part of Islamic customs, such as patrolling on the streets at night, and fireworks. These views were expressed by the renowned cleric and the Secretary of the Nasiria Foundation, Mufti Zulfiqar Ahmad Ashrafi.
“There is a Coronavirus crisis all over the world right now. The number of patients is increasing and the only cure for this is to maintain social distance so as to break the chain of infection”, he said. Mufti Ashrafi has called for celebrating the night by following government and medical guidelines for the killer infection like the Coronavirus.
He said that the entire world is facing the challenge of this dangerous epidemic and this holy night is a good opportunity not only to worship God and repent of our sins but also to help the poor and needy.
Many Islamic clerics have declared that night patrolling on the streets as un-Islamic, and also it is not necessary to go to the cemetery for the sake of the reward. Although, visiting the graveyard is proved with Sunnah (prophetic way), but this time, it should be avoided in view of the government guidelines due to medical requirements of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Daily wage workers and other poor people are facing problems due to countrywide lockdown, so this is a great opportunity to find and help such people. Privileged people should give priority to the nearest needy people as well as the neighbors. In spite of all this, keeping the government guidelines to deal with the pandemic and the medical requirement of social distancing is inevitable as this is the first medical precaution to prevent the spread of the outbreak. On this occasion, repent to your sins before the Almighty and pray frequently for the salvation of this world and the hereafter.
On the other hand, Mayor of Calcutta Corporation Farhad Hakim has also appealed to Muslims not to visit the cemeteries on the occasion of Shabe-e-Baraat and perform prayers at homes only.
Farhad Hakim has said that the Corporation has decided to close all the cemeteries in Calcutta due to COVID-19 outbreak. Mosques are also closed. He appealed to all Muslims to support the government in dealing with the Coronavirus and refrain from gathering and crowd.
It is to be noted that for the past two weeks, most mosques in the country are closed for the common people. Only imams and other serving at the mosques hold the prayers. The doors of the mosque are closed for the general public. Apart from this, other national level organizations like Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and other seminaries and religious figures have also appealed to Muslims not to go to the cemetery.