Offer all prayers including Taraweeh at home in Ramadan: Grand Mufti

Srinagar: In view of coronavirus pandemic,Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasir-ul Islam on Tuesday asked the Muslims of Kashmir to offer mandatory five prayers and Taraweeh in their homes during Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayers set to start in less than two weeks.

He said there was no need to get disheartened due to the fast spread of the pandemic as there will soon be a “dawn of peace soon that will take away all worries.”

The Grand Mufti also asked people to seek Allah’s mercy in the month of blessings and forgiveness that subject to the crescent will begin on April 25.  

To mention, Saudi Arabi has already suspended Taraweeh prayers in masjids in the holy month of Ramadan and asked people to pray at home in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

In his appeal to the people of Kashmir especially the young generation who are feeling upset and disheartened due to the spread of Covid-19, the Mufti said there was no need to panic or to remain under duress as the “dawn of peace will emerge soon and enlighten every single Kashmiri for a better and peaceful future where there would be no atrocities or oppression.”

He said that doors of Almighty Allah are always open for believers and there is no place for disbelief. “Allah will listen to the prayers and respond too for the welfare of people of Kashmir and rest of the world,” he said. He said that people of Kashmir should respect humanity and protect it in all forms.

“The best way to protect the humanity in the holy month of Ramadan will be to offer five-mandatory prayers (of the day) and the Taraweeh prayers (late night prayers) in their homes. People should behave like a mature society and not rush towards masjids in Ramadan and instead they should pray in their homes and seek blessings, and forgiveness from Almighty,” he said.

He urged people across Kashmir to identify poor, needy, and orphans and help them with food, clothes and Sadakah (charity) in this challenging hour and earn reward from Almighty Allah.

“Every locality must ensure that no one should sleep empty stomach and all should have proper food to eat at Sehri and Iftaar,” he said. (KNO)

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