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Coronavirus: Mosque attendance during Jumma prayer falls

  • Published at 07:58 pm March 27th, 2020
Jummah prayer at Baitul Mukarram mosque
File photo: Jummah prayer at Baitul Mukarram mosque on Friday, March 27, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

People wore masks and maintained short distance while offering prayers

The presence of Muslims at mosques across the country, including the capital, for offering Jumma prayers on Friday, was comparatively low following the outbreak of deadly coronavirus.

The Muslims who joined the Jumma prayer, the weekly congregational prayer of the Muslims, offered special prayers seeking the blessings of the Almighty for protecting Bangladesh from the wrath of coronavirus, reports UNB.

In addition to that, the imams read out short khutba or sermons praying for the curbing of the rapid spread of the virus in the country and discussed awareness issues to tackle the situation.

Mosque committees and several social organizations distributed leaflets among devotees in front of different mosques to raise awareness among people.

The number of Muslim mosque-goers this Friday was much lower compared to the usual gatherings during Jumma prayers. Those who went to the mosques were seen wearing masks while offering prayers and many stood in rows maintaining a short distance from each other.

Earlier, Islamic Foundation urged people to limit their presence in the mosques during the Jumma prayers to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The authorities also urged Muslims to come to mosques only to offer the Farz or mandatory prayers of Jumma and requested all concerned to offer their Sunnah and Nafl prayers at home.

Maulana Nurul Amin, an imam of Chan Khaa Jame Masjid in Bangshal’s Shikkatuli, said they offered special prayers for the safety of the people after Jumma.

“We read the khutba in short as per the instructions of the government and urged people to be conscious about the virus,” he added.

“Under these circumstances, only Almighty Allah can save us. We recited duas which are to be read at times of danger, as recommended by the Prophet (pbuh),” he said.

Abdul Hamil, a Muslim at a mosque in Old Dhaka, said the Muslims are going to the mosques by exercising caution. 

“We are in a panic. We wore masks while offering prayers,” he said.

In Bangladesh, 48 people have tested positive for coronavirus and there have been five recorded deaths from coronavirus infection so far.

Globally, the fast-spreading Covid-19 has claimed more than 25,000 lives and infected over 552,000 people, according to Worldometer.

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