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Muslim leaders urge social distancing on Shab-e-Bara'at

Muslim leaders urge social distancing on Shab-e-Bara'at
A girl offers prayers at the candlelit graves of her relative during Shab-e-Barat. (File Photo/Representational)

WITH THE Tablighi Jamaat gathering in the Capital last month emerging as a COVID-19 hotspot, many Muslim leaders, across sects, have issued a joint appeal asking members of the community to refrain from any kind of fraternising or physical congregation on Shab-e-Bara’at which falls on April 8- 9.

“An effective way to protect ourselves from this virus is to observe social distancing and people should not assemble in any place. It is part of wisdom and expediency that the same is observed during Shab-e Bara’at,” says the three-paragraph message in several languages.

Asking “all Muslims to spend Shab-e Bara’at at home offering prayers, reciting the Holy Quran and doing zikr and du’a”, it says they “should not visit graveyards but pray for their departed relatives while staying at home”.

“We appeal, in particular, to our youth to completely refrain from going out of their homes during this night… stay at home, offer prayers and make du’as… to safeguard all our compatriots from this epidemic,” it says.

The signatories include members of the Muslim Ittehad Parishad, Barielly; Jamiat Ulama-e Hind; Jamaat Islami Hind; Masjid Fatehpuri Delhi; Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees; Islami Fiqh Academy; Sajjada Nasheen Khanqah Hashimiya, Bijapur, Karnataka; Amir-e Shariat, Karnataka; Delhi Minorities Commission; Peer-e Tareeqat, Mumbai; Jamia Muhammadiya, Mumbai; Jamiatus Salehat, Bengaluru; Islami Fiqh Academy; and All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat.

Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against what it called the “demonisation of the entire Muslim community” in the wake of reports on the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.

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