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Ablution at home, own mats, six feet distance: Govt mulls reopening mosques, shrines in Kashmir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir administration is mulling to reopen mosques and shrines in the union territory.  Religious places including mosques, shrines, gurduwaras, temples, and churches were closed for worshippers on March 21 when the government announced lockdown. Two months into the lockdown, J&K administration is working out Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for reopening shrines and mosques. Jammu and Kashmir Wakf Board has scheduled a meeting with the clerics and experts on June 4 to discuss modalities for opening mosques and shrines in the valley. “We will be having threadbare discussions with clerics and other experts. We will get their feedback and accordingly a strategy will be evolved to ensure virus free religious places,” said Showkat Ahmad Beig, Secretary, Wakf Board.  On May 31, the Prophet’s (PBUH) mosque in Madina and tens of other religious places were thrown open for worshippers in Saudi Arabia after two months of lockdown.  Other Islamic...