NCOC issues COVID-19 Ramadan guidelines

Ulema from the various sects have agreed upon the proposal with President Arif Alvi

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) issued Ramadan guidelines to contain COVID-19 during the holy month. These guidelines were issued as per a unanimous declaration from the President in consultation with Ulema for arrangements for Taraweeh prayers in Mosques and Imambargahs.

The government has also said that if it feels that the guidelines were not being observed, the policy may be revised. The policies may vary in areas badly affected by COVID-19.  Here are some of the main features of the guidelines

  1. Masajid and Imambargahs will hold the Taraweeh prayers in the yards.
  2. Carpet or rugs will not be used in Masajid and Imambargahs and prayers will be offered on the bare floors.
  3. before and after the prayers, people should avoid gathering in crowds while if there is a courtyard in Masajid and Imambargahs, prayers will be offered there and not inside the halls.
  4. Citizens older than 50 years, adolescent children, and those suffering from flu, cough, etc should avoid coming to Mosques or Imambargahs for prayers and Taraweeh prayers.
  5. The floors of the Mosques and Imambargahs should be cleaned with chlorine solution in water.
  6. The rows of the praying individuals should be aligned so that there is a distance of six feet between individuals.
  7. Mosques and Imambargahs should constitute committees consisting of responsible individuals who will ensure adherence to precautionary measures.
  8. Citizens should avoid offering prayer on the roads and footpaths.
  9. Citizens are also barred from holding ablution (Wuzu) in the Mosques, adding that they should do Wuzu at their homes.

These simple yet meaningful steps can help in countering the coronavirus. While performing the religious duties, caring for each other must never be forgotten.   

Salma Khan
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