ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday urged the electronic and print media to highlight social distancing phenomenon at mosques as agreed between the government and the Ulema.
In a tweet, he said the worshipers should also be educated so that they themselves ensure social distancing for their own protection and that of others.
Arif Alvi also shared the image of the prayer congregation at a mosque in Karachi with people maintaining distance and a media report depicting Mosques being disinfected, carpets removed and floors marked to make the people stand at a prescribed distance during the prayer.
He commented, “we must increase our sense of ownership in our country.”
After consultation with Ulema, President Arif Alvi had on April 18 announced that mosques across the country would remain open during Ramadan for Taraweeh, Friday and daily prayers with some conditions.
He had said this while announcing details of the strategy devised in consultation with Ulema of different sects for Ramadan. He was flanked by Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri and Interior Minister Ejaz Ahmed in Islamabad.
“Carpet should not be rolled out in mosques and imambargahs. Rather, prayer should be offered on floor and floor should be cleaned with chlorine. Gathering before and after prayer should be avoided,” Arif Alvi had said while detailing 20 conditional points for offering prayer at mosques.