Yousaf praises uniform prayer timings

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Islamabad—Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Friday said that the promotion of interfaith harmony and unanimity among various segments of society was his life mission. Addressing faithful at a local mosque here, he said the agreement of all ulema on uniform timings of prayers and Azan was historical decision of religious scholars.
He said the uniform prayers timings were being observed successfully in various countries of the world including Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Gulf countries. The uniform prayers timings had helped increasing importance of prayers. He lamented that the importance of introducing uniform prayer timings was not felt by previous governments. Offering prayers was more important than performing Hajj as Namaz ranked second among basic Islamic practices as comparing to Hajj which was considered fifth pillar of Islam.
He said, a committee had already prepared a consensus calendar for uniform prayers timings in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Now it was upto Ulema to follow the calendar to offer prayers. He said the uniform prayer system would be implemented in phases.
Sardar Yousaf also met with ulema and religious scholars after Juma prayers. Ulema including Maulana Maroof of Jamia Mosque Zounourain, G-9 Markaz, Mufti Zamir Ahmed Sajid of Jamia mosque Al Hassan, G-9/4, Mufti Muhammad Iqbal Naeemi of Jamia mosque Al Mujahid G-9/1, Maulana Muhammad Rustam of Jamia mosque Jeelania, G- 8/1, Maulana Muhammad Qasim Chishti of Jamia mosque Shamas ul Araifain, G-8 and others.
Ulema and scholars assured their cooperation to the minister for implementing uniform prayers system. They lauded the efforts of the minister for introducing cheap hajj packages.—APP

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