Govt imposes no ban on Aitekaf: Ashrafi

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Thursday clarified that the government did not impose any ban on observing Aitekaf at the country-wide Mosques, rather issuing anti-coronavirus SOPs (standard operating procedures) to contain the spread of coronavirus among Moatakif (Aetikaf observers).

Addressing a news conference here, he categorically rejected the rumors circulating on social media networking sites about a ban on AItekaf (a ten-day communion with the Creator in isolation to seek His blessing and forgiveness for their sins observed in last 10 days of Ramazan).

Ashrafi, who is also the Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council, said the forthcoming Friday would be observed as Youm-e-Dua (Prayers Day) to seek the Almighty’s repentance and forgiveness against the coronavirus outbreak.

On the occasion, a pledge would also be made with the Almighty that the nation would spend their future lives in accordance with Quran and Sunnah.

He urged the religious scholars and prayer leaders to instruct faithful to strictly follow the anti-COVID SOPs while offering prayers at the mosques.

Ashrafi, also a member of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), said the council in the last day’s meeting had instructed the Ulema to follow the anti coronavirus SOPs to save themselves from the deadly virus.

The decree for maintain physical distance at the Mosques should be given due weight-age as it was issued by leading religious scholars after due diligence, he noted.

He observed that the relations with the Arab countries had seen marked improvement in the last six months.

SRPM said OIC (Organisation of the Islamic Conference) had recently adopted a resolution against Islamophobia owing to the efforts of Pakistan.