COVID-19: Kashmiri Mufti appeals people to avoid collective Juma prayers

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Only three persons, including the caretaker of mosque, should offer prayers at the mosques, and rest of the worshipers should offer prayers at home

Srinagar: Naazir-rul-Islam, Mufti-e-Azam of Indian-held jammu & Kashmir, has advised the Kashmiris to avoid offering Juma prayers at the mosques in view of outbreak of coronavirus.

“I appeal to all the religious people including the prayer leaders, the administrators of mosques and general public to avoid collective worship at the mosques on Friday so that the coronavirus could be contained,” he said according to South Asia Wire, a news agency, on Thursday.

Talking to the South Asian Wire, Mufti suggested that only three persons, including the caretaker of mosque, should offer prayers at the mosques, and rest of the worshipers should offer prayers at home.

Meanwhile, the district administration has decided to close all the religious institutions forthwith after death of a coronavirus patient in Srinagar on Thursday.

District Magistrate Shahid Chaudhry announced that the closure of religious education institutions has been decided after consultation with religious leaders.

A 6-year old man, infected by COVID-19 died in Srinagar on Thursday.

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