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Islamic scholars appeal for offering Ramadan prayers at home

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Islamic scholars from all schools of thought on Thursday appealed to Muslims to offer prayers during the holy month of Ramadan at their homes in view of the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus.

Ulemas and Muftis, in their joint appeal, urged the community to offer ‘Taraveeh’ prayers at their homes.

They also advised members of the community to eat ‘Sahr’ (pre-dawn meals for fast) and ‘Iftar’ (breaking the fast) at their homes. They were urged not to go to the mosques for ‘Iftar’.

The community members have also been urged to not host or attend Iftar parties and to give away the money so saved to the poor and needy for their basic needs.

Keeping others’ necessities in view and as per their affordability, Muslims shall give ‘sadqa’ and ‘khairat’ (alms) to the deserving persons and institutions, they said.

The Ulemas and Muftis also appealed to the people to follow the instructions given by the government to observe the lockdown. They should also follow the advice of health and medical experts and adopt preventive measures, especially social distancing, strictly.

“While staying at home, the Muslims shall offer prayers, observe fasting (roza) and perform ‘Taraveeh’. They should refrain from holding ‘ijtemas’ (gatherings) for Taraveeh and recitation of the Holy Quran. At their homes, Muslims shall offer Duas and Durood-e-Shareef, take up reading of the Holy Quran and do penance (Astagfar),” said a joint appeal.

In the Shariah, responsibilities and duties are assigned and at the same time, exceptions and concessions are given during extraordinary circumstances.

They appealed to the Muslim community to offer special Duas to earn the mercy of Almighty Allah.

–IANS

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