Allama Nazir announces Youm-e-Ali congregations as per SOP which President of Pakistan had announced regarding religious gatherings during Ramazan.
Shia Ulema Council leader Allama Nazir Hussain Taqvi rejected the notification of Sindh government on legal and moral ground.
Allama Nazir announces Youm-e-Ali
He referred to the conditional permission which the government of Pakistan had given and which Sindh government also enforced in the province.
Under that, Sindh government allowed religious congregations such as en bloc prayers in mosques daily and also Friday prayers.
Citing these examples, Allama Nazir Taqvi said that Shia Muslims would hold mourning congregations and processions following the SOP.
Furthermore, he said that the government must ensure equal rights for Shia Muslims regarding religious rituals.
Shia Muslims of Pakistan argue that government cannot ban Shia Islamic congregations while allowing non-Shia citizens to hold en bloc prayers.
Why ban on Shia Islamic rituals while other congregations allowed?
Government needs to revisit selective ban on azadari congregations because of its discriminatory nature and unfairness.
People of Pakistan and particularly of Sindh province take Coronavirus related precautionary measures seriously.
But sorry to remind the fact that people across the country and notably in Sindh province see huge public gathering these days.
Ludicrously, Sindh Home Department notification mentioned non-obligatory nature of some religious gatherings. Do they know Taraweeh prayers are also not obligatory prayers.
Sunni Muslims unanimously recognized non-obligatory nature of Taraweeh or taraveeh prayers and such prayers in congregations.
When the government has allowed Taraweeh prayers in mosques and people also see violation of Covid-19 precautionary measures during Taraweeh prayers.
Let alone Taraweeh prayers, people see huge gatherings in mosques during daily congregational prayers. They line up closely and violate the discipline and precautionary measures daily.
Meanwhile, people also gather to get aid under various government schemes such as Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme. They also gather to get food ration which NGOs/charity organisation or philanthropists give them.
We can give many examples of violation of precautionary measures which we witness ourselves in our surroundings.
Keeping in view ground realities and comparison with other congregations such as non-obligatory taraveeh prayers, one may note unjustifiability and bias in the Sindh government’s notification.