Imam of Aishbagh Eidgah, Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, appealed to Muslims to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Central and state governments and World Health Organisation to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
He advised the community to follow social distancing while offering prayers.
“For Friday prayers, only the Imam and person giving azaan should offer prayer at the mosque. The rest should offer zohar ki namaz. I appeal to Muslims to strictly follow social distancing and pray at their homes for some days,” the Maulana said in a statement issued in Lucknow on Wednesday.
Firangi Mahali said that in Prophet Muhammad’s time, there was incessant rain and extreme cold and the Prophet asked Muslims to offer prayers from their homes.
He said during Prophet’s time there was no epidemic yet he had asked people to pray from their homes because of public concern.
The Maulana said that coronavirus was a deadly epidemic and any infected person would not only pose threat to himself but also for his family, community and people living in the neighbourhood. He also said that the infected person could also be a threat to the nation and the world.