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Srinagar, March 24( KNO) : In the light of Islamic teachings and as  is a precedent in Islamic history during such times , Anjuman Auqaf Jamia  Masjid appeals to people to offer namaz at home, as the corona virus pandemic spreads. The Anjuman has already suspended all congregational prayers at Jama Masjid Srinagar for the time being

In a statement to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the Auqaf said as the world battles Covid 19, Muslim communities around the globe like others,  are also carefully considering how best to continue with our religious activities, while trying to minimise the spread of the coronavirus. With the increasing rate of transmission , the number of deaths, and limited medical facilities available , all Islamic scholarly and medical advice points towards the curtailment of social contact as the key towards reducing the spread.

Hence, it is our public duty as Muslims to protect one another from harm, and it is evident the most effective way to do this now is to avoid social contact as much as possible. This includes in all walks of life, whether social, work or the mosques. It has become imperative that this extraordinary step is taken to ensure the safety and well being of all as is being done in many Muslim countries .

Anjum Auqaf on behalf of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who continues to be under house arrest , urgently requests people to undertake these measures needed in such unprecedented times and put our  trust in Allah and his mercy and pray for the safety and protection of mankind in this grave crisis—(KNO)