New Delhi: As the nation entered the third day of lockdown in view of COVID-19 pandemic, the Muslim Personal Law Board has finally clarified and appealed to the religious community to steer clear of mosques during Friday prayers. The religious board requested all Muslims to offer Zuhur at their respective homes instead of praying Jumah at mosques. Also Read - Coronavirus Latest Update: Has India Reached Community Transmission Stage Yet? Read What Health Ministry Says

“Due to #NovelCoronavirus pandemic, Muslims are recommended to offer Zuhur at home instead of praying Jumah at mosques. DON’T come out for congregational prayers and #StayAtHomeSaveLives. It is mandatory upon all to avoid causing harm to their fellow citizens,” the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) tweeted on Thursday night. Subsequently, other Muslim bodies also made the same appeal. Also Read - COVID Umbrella: Twitter Goes Gaga Over Viral Video of Man Walking Around With Latest Corona Invention

Until last week, mosques remained open with scores of Muslim followers reaching for Friday prayers despite the government’s appeal to stay indoors.

Jamaat-e-Islami Sharia Council had said in a statement, “The Friday prayers (Juma Namaz) should be observed (only by Imams, muezzins, khadims, and administrators of mosques). The prayers and the ‘khutbah’ (speech) should be completed in the minimum possible period whereas the remaining public should conduct the ‘Zohar’ prayer at home.”

The Shia sect’s religious leaders too decided to suspended the Friday prayers across the country and asked the followers to remain inside their homes.

Citing a ‘fatwa’ issued by Jamia Nizamia, the Wakf Board banned religious gatherings saying despite the fact that Friday prayers are very important, Islam also gives huge significance to preservation of human life. Medical experts have said that such gathering could lead to a spread of the contagious disease.

The Telangana Wakf Board also directed all mosques in Hyderabad and 33 other districts to ensure that not more than five persons assemble for prayers.

With IANS inputs