New guidelines for performing prayers in mosques
Published: 06:11 PM, 5 April 2021
The Ministry of Religious Affairs has given new guidelines to perform prayers in the mosque amid the seven-day lockdown situation to curb the second wave of coronavirus.
The ministry has issued the guidelines on Monday.
The directions say —
1. Soap and water with hand sanitizer or hand washing system should be kept at the entrance of the mosque and the worshipers must wear masks before entering the mosque.
2. Everyone should perform Wudu (ablution) from their homes, perform Sunnat prayers at home and come to the mosque and wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds while performing Wudu.
3. Carpets cannot be laid in the mosque. Before the five daily prayers, the entire mosque has to be cleaned with disinfectant, the worshipers have to bring the Janamaz in their respective responsibilities.
4. Social distance must be ensured when attending Jamaat in line for prayers. Children, the elderly, any sick person and those engaged in the service of the sick will refrain from participating in Jamaat.
5. Soap or hand sanitizer should be kept in the toilet of the mosque to prevent infection. Janamaz and hats reserved in the mosque cannot be used.
6. Iftar and Sehri cannot be organized in the mosque.
7. The Khatib and the Imam were requested to offer prayers to the Almighty Allah after the prayers to save the nation from the coronavirus epidemic.
8. In case of violating the directives, the local administration and law enforcement agencies will take legal action against the responsible persons.
The local administration, law enforcement agencies, Islamic Foundation officials and the management committee of the respective mosques were requested to implement the guidelines to prevent coronavirus infection.