ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that a 20-point strategy has been agreed upon for people and mosques to follow during the holy month of Ramazan.
Addressing a press conference, after meeting with Ulema, President Alvi said that it was necessary to consult with religious leaders before taking any decisions regarding Ramazan.
The President asserted that the 20-point strategy, based on precautionary measures, was formulated in consensus with religious leaders and provincial governments to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Revealing the 20-point strategy, President Alvi said, “It has been decided that no carpets will be laid in the mosques and Imam Bargahs.”
He further said, “The prayers will be offered on the floor with a distance of six feet between the people offering prayers.”
Some other important points in the 20-point strategy are:
1- People are required to make ablution at home.
2- Necessary to wear masks at mosques.
3- Social distancing will be observed.
4- Refrain from any sort of gathering after the prayers.
5- No gatherings for Iftar and Sehr in mosques during Ramadan.
6- Mosques’ floors will be washed with chlorine disinfectants.
7- Namaaz-e-Taraweeh will be offered within the premises of the mosques, not on the roads.
8- Children and people above the age of 50, as well as sick people, will not come to mosques.
9- No handshakes or hugs.
10- Better to observe ‘atekaf’ at home.
11- Worshippers will refrain from touching their faces
President Arif Alvi further said that mosques’ administration will establish committees to ensure the implementation of the precautions.
He also said that the mosques’ administrations and Imams will stay in touch with the district and provincial authorities and fully cooperate with them.
“The government will have the option of reviewing today’s recommendations during Ramazan if it was felt that the precautions are not being followed or that the number of coronavirus affected people has risen sharply,” he concluded.
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