New Delhi: Fifteen Muslim religious organisation came out with an appeal to Muslims of the country to stay at home and offers their prayer (Namaz) at home on the auspicious occasion of Shab-e-Bara’at. The organisations appeal Muslims to follow the rules of lockdown strictly and avoids to visit graveyards(Qabristan).
In a joint statement issued here in New Delhi the all the organisations said, ‘Corona virus has evolved into a dangerous epidemic which has engulfed the whole world. Thousands have lost their lives as a result and over a million people have been infected by this virus. In our own country over four thousand people are infected by this virus. As a safeguard, the whole country is under lockdown at present. As a result, congregational and Juma’s prayers in mosques have been curtailed and people are offering their prayers at home.
Muslims every year observe vigil at night at mosques on the occasion of Shab-e Bara’at, offering special prayers, reciting the Holy Quran and visiting graveyards. An effective way to protect ourselves from this virus is to observe social distancing and people should not assemble in any place. It is part of wisdom and expediency that same is observed during the Shab-e Bara’at.
We appeal to all Muslims to spend Shab-e Bara’at at home offering prayers, reciting the Holy Quran and doing zikr and dua(prayers). Muslims should not visit graveyards but pray for their departed relatives while staying at home. We appeal, in particular, to our youth to completely refrain from going out of their homes during this night. We appeal to them; stay at home, offer prayers and make du’as, and pray to Allah the Almighty in particular to safeguard all our compatriots from this epidemic. Amin.’