Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday directed state waqf boards to make sure strict implementation of lockdown and social distancing tips through the holy month of Ramzan beginning subsequent week amid the coronavirus pandemic.
At a gathering by way of video conferencing, Naqvi requested the state waqf boards’ officers to create consciousness amongst individuals to supply prayers and carry out different spiritual rituals like “iftar (breaking of fast)” throughout Ramzan, which begins on April 24 or 25, staying inside their properties.
More than seven lakh registered mosques, eidgahs, imambadas, dargahs and different spiritual and social establishments come beneath state waqf boards throughout the nation. The Central Waqf Council is the regulatory physique of state waqf boards in India.
“We should cooperate with health workers, security forces, administrative officers, sanitation workers. They are working for our safety and well-being even putting their own lives at risk in this coronavirus pandemic,” Naqvi stated.
“We should also demolish rumours and misinformation being spread about quarantine and isolation centres by creating awareness among people that such centres are only meant to protect people, their families and the society from the pandemic,” the minister stated.
Naqvi advised all of the state waqf boards and spiritual and social organisations that everybody ought to stay cautious of any kind of pretend information and conspiracies aimed toward creating misinformation.
“Authorities have been working for safety and well-being of all citizens of the country without any discrimination. Such type of rumours and conspiracies are a nefarious design to weaken the fight against coronavirus,” he stated.
“We should work united to win this fight against corona by defeating any type of rumour, misinformation and conspiracy,” the minister stated.
Naqvi requested officers of all of the state waqf boards to play an energetic and efficient function in guaranteeing that folks comply with the rules of the Union Home Ministry, state governments and the Central Waqf Council whereas fulfilling spiritual duties throughout Ramzan.
In view of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, all spiritual and social actions and mass gatherings in all of the temples, gurdwaras, church buildings and different spiritual and social locations of the nation have been stopped, he stated.
Similarly, any mass gatherings in mosques and different Muslim spiritual locations of the nation has additionally been stopped, Naqvi stated.
He stated that as a result of COVID-19 menace, spiritual leaders in addition to spiritual and social organisations from all areas of the nation, have appealed to individuals to supply prayers and carry out all different spiritual rituals staying inside their properties throughout Ramzan.
Most of the Muslim nations of the world have additionally banned mass gatherings at mosques and different spiritual locations through the holy month, he identified.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in cooperation with all of the state governments, has been working successfully for the protection and well-being of the individuals, he stated.
The cooperation of the individuals has introduced nice reduction to India within the battle towards COVID-19 Naqvi stated, including that a number of challenges are nonetheless there earlier than the nation.
“We can defeat these challenges of the coronavirus pandemic by following all the guidelines of the central and state governments strictly,” he asserted.
Chairman and senior officers from state waqf boards similar to Uttar Pradesh (Shia & Sunni), Andhra Pradesh, Bihar (Shia & Sunni), Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar, Assam, Manipur, amongst others participated within the assembly.
State waqf boards from Rajasthan, Telangana, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Uttarakhand additionally participated.