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Stop congregational prayers to save human lives amid coronavirus outbreak, says Al-Azhar fatwa

A top global Islamic body has issued a fatwa (religious edict) on the request of Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi, empowering the head of the state to suspend Friday prayers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that claimed over 20,000 lives worldwide. The fatwa issued on Wednesday by the Grand Imam Shaikh of Egypt s Jamia Al Azhar, an authority on Islamic injunctions, and the Supreme Council in Egypt, said that public gatherings, including congregational prayers at mosques, could result in spread of coronavirus and the governments of Muslim countries had full jurisdiction to cancel such events. I am thankful to Grand Imam Shaikh of Al-Azhar and Supreme Council for responding to my personal request to provide guidance to us with regard to Farz Jamaat Juma prayers in mosques during coronavirus attack, the president tweeted on Wednesday. Alvi asked clerics in Pakistan to act as per the principles of Islam from Quran and Sunnah, and said it purely Islamic to cancel Friday ...


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