Muslims pray inside Jama Masjid in the old quarters of Delhi. File/ Reuters
A day after urging the people to offer salah from their homes amid the spike in Covid-19 cases in the national capital, Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, on Thursday, said the mosque would remain closed till June 30.
Speaking to the media, Bukhari said, "I had made an appeal to the people to offer salah from their homes and after taking public opinion and consulting scholars, it has been decided that from Thursday's Maghreb (sunset) till June 30 no congregational prayers will be performed at the Jama Masjid."
The decision comes three days after the historic mosque reopened on June 8 after over two months as the government allowed further relaxations as part of "Unlock-1", the first phase of a calibrated exit from the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown.
As several establishments, like shopping malls and offices, opened across the country on June 8, Bukhari asked governments to reconsider decision in view of the rapid spread of coronavirus.
Bukhari's Secretary Amantuallah passed away on Tuesday night at the Safdarjung Hospital due to Covid-19.Indo-Asian News Service
'We do not discriminate on religious grounds. When we walk with our holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, all the religions and their followers are the same for us. It is written in our holy book that we are all God's creation. We are also sanitising the temples and churches. We have been working for the past 50-60 days'
Modi also asked citizens to stay indoors, not spread panic about the virus and form local groups to ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols. He said the central government is working with states and private companies to ramp up the supply of oxygen, as well as production and distribution of vaccines.
The area of the spiritual centre is as large as over 22 football fields. There will also be a provision of accommodation for doctors on one side of the facility.
Modi conveyed to chief ministers that the country will have to give importance to the economy as well as to continue the fight against coronavirus. "We have to give importance to to the economy as well as continue the fight against Covid-19. We have to be brave and bring reforms that touch lives of common people," he said.
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