In video: Friday prayers offered amid thin attendance
Srinagar, Mar 20: Kashmir continued to be under a
virtual lockdown for the second day on Friday as authorities imposed
restrictions across all districts to contain the spread of coronavirus in the
valley, which has recorded one positive case, officials said.
Meanwhile, Friday prayers in the valley were
observed in almost all the mosques although the attendance of people was
thinner than usual.
At many places, Imams went ahead with short
sermons and prayers with many offering only the mandatory Fardh prayers in the
mosques and leaving soon to pray the rest in homes.
Earlier in the day, Moulana Rahmatullah Qasimi, patron of Kashmir largest Islamic seminary, Darul-Uloom Rahimiya said that it was not feasible to completely shut mosques on Fridays and instead urged Imams to restrict Friday sermons and to conclude two rakat prayers within shortest possible time.
He also urged Imams to hold special prayers to
see refuge from Almighty Allah from deadly diseases including Covid-19.
Moulana Rahmatullah said that all diseases are
from Allah and their remedies too are from Allah. “It’s time we hold special
prayers at our homes recite special verses (Ismi Azam and Darood-e-Najat) at
our homes frequently and repent on our sins and seek Allah’s refuge as he is
the one who cures all diseases,” he said.
He said that Nawfils and Sunah prayers should be
offered at homes and people should also maintain hygiene and perform ablution
at their homes. Pertinently, Jamait-e-Ahlihadith has decided not to organize
Friday prayers at their affiliated masjids in Kashmir for a time being while as
Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasirul Islam has convened a crucial meeting on the issue
at his Soura residence on Saturday.