Friday's prayers suspended in all mosques across country
All Muslim sects have suspended the Friday prayers in mosques and urged the faithful to follow the government decision for a complete nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. However, the calls for prayers will continue to be made from mosques at the designated hours.
 
Jamaat-e-Islami Sharia Council 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 indoors.
 
Maulana Ashraf, Imam of Mumbai, said: "We have suspended the Friday prayers and daily prayers in mosques since last week. This arrangement will continue till the government desires as the primary objective should be to save human lives and follow the government directive. We are appealing to the people to remain indoors from mosque loudspeakers and the social media."
 
Kashmir's Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam said that he had also appealed for the suspension of Friday and daily prayers and it's allowed in Islam.
 
The mosques in the national capital and elsewhere are only giving calls for prayers to the faithful whereas only three to five persons offer prayers on the premises while adhering to social distancing norm, said a muezzin.
 
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    As the nation enters into a three-week lockdown and as per the central and the state governments' directives, essential items will be readily available. So we urge you not to refrain from hoarding so that there is plenty for everyone, and we don't fall into a self inflicted shortfall.
     
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    India Under Complete Lockdown for 21 Days from Midnight: PM
    Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced complete lockdown of the country from midnight. In his address to the nation, the PM says, "From 12am tonight there will be a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days. We are making efforts to not only give priority to what is essential but also what is required for protecting life. No matter what, we should stay at home. We should not cross the Laxman Rekha of our homes. When there is life, there is hope”.
     
    "Steps have been taken to ensure supply of essential commodities. We are making efforts that there is no difficulty in daily life. We are taking all steps to ensure continuous essential supplies," PM Modi says without sharing more details on this. 
     
    "Do not fall for any rumour or superstition. Follow the advisories given by the central and state governments and medical fraternity. Do not take any medicines without authentic medical advice. The 21-day lockdown period is very important for you and your family. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Follow the law and let us go ahead with hope of victory," he added.
     
    "Doctors, hospital administrators, ambulance drivers - think of all medical workers who are working day and night to save lives, and of sanitation workers who are cleaning our streets and helping us," the PM says, adding, "I request you with folded hands, 'stay at home' and think of those people who are doing their duty, placing their lives in danger. Stand by our resolve and promise."
     
    According to the PM, the union and all state governments are working together and with civil society to battle the pandemic and to ensure essential supplies, to save lives. He says, "Rs15,000 crore rupees have been allocated in order to strengthen the health infrastructure in the country, for testing facilities, personal protective equipment, isolation beds and facilities, training to be improved. I have told all state governments that their foremost priority at this juncture should be nothing but health services. Happy that the private sector too is standing with the nation in this moment."
     
    He says, "The World Health Organisation (WHO) report says one infected person can infect hundreds of people just in a week, this virus spreads like fire, it is difficult to stop it once it spreads. Countries like Italy and US are known for best medical services but they could not control the spread. Those who controlled their citizens did not come out of the house. That is how they controlled it."
     
    "Some people are under the misconception that social distancing is only for those infected with corona virus... but they should understand that this for everyone because it is important to break the cycle," said PM Modi in his address to the nation.
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