No iftar mahfil at mosques

Staff Correspondent

6 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government on Monday asked authorities concerned not to arrange iftar mahfils or sahri at mosque for ensuring safety of people during the pandemic.

In this regard, the government also issued 10-point guidelines over various issues, including offering prayer and maintaining people’s safety at mosques during the lockdown.

All the imams, khatibs, muazzins and mosque committees have been asked to implement the guidelines.

The Religious Affairs Ministry issued the guidelines, including arrangements for washing and sanitising hands at the mosque gate.

According to the health guidelines, everyone must enter mosque wearing masks, performing ablution and sunnah prayer at home.

The mosques must be sanitised five times daily before namaz and the floor mats

or carpets can't be used. People should bring their own prayer mat with them to the mosque.

Social distancing should be maintained in the prayer line.

Children, elderly people, sick and those attended sick patients should refrain from going to mosques.

None can use the prayer mat or cap reserved at the mosque. Sahri or iftar can’t be arranged at mosque.

The ministry in the release also said that legal action will be taken for violating the rules.

The seven-day lockdown began on Monday across the country to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.