As Covid-19 cases rise in Uttar Pradesh, Islamic Centre appeals for namaz at home on Alvida Jumma

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The Islamic Centre of India, based in Lucknow, issued an advisory for Ramzan’s “Alvida Juma,” encouraging Muslim devotees to offer namaz while staying at home.

Muslims around the world will commemorate Jumma Tul Wida or Alvida Jumma on May 7 (Picture Credits: Reuters/Representative)

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With Uttar Pradesh witnessing a spike in Covid-19 cases, Lucknow-based Islamic Centre of India has issued an appeal asking Muslims to offer namaz for “Alvida Jumma” while remaining at home. Alvida Jumma is the last Friday in the month of Ramzan, a holy month for Muslims.

Islamic Centre chairman and prominent Sunni cleric of Lucknow Idgah, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, said it was important to follow Covid-19 safety protocol for the Alvida Jumma. He said those with four or more people at their home should offer the last Ramzan Friday prayers as a group at home.

“Even while offering namaz, one should wear a mask and maintain social distance. The group of five people who offer namaz at a mosque should be the same group of five who are present for Alvida namaz at the mosque and there should be no sixth person,” Farangi Mahali told India Today TV.

Farangi Mahali cautioned Muslims against visiting one another’s homes in the wake of the raging coronavirus pandemic. He said visiting each other’s homes was not needed.

“After offering namaz, all devotees should pray for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic for the sake of health, peace, livelihood, and national prosperity,” he said.

Muslims around the world will commemorate Jumma Tul Wida or Alvida Jumma on May 7.

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