New Delhi: The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Wednesday that the mosque could be closed again in view of the “deteriorating” situation in Delhi due to the Kovid-19 global epidemic. This step has been taken when the Shahi Imam’s secretary Amanullah died in Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday night due to Coronavirus.
With 1,366 new cases of Covid-19 in Delhi on Tuesday, the number of infected people reached 31,309 while 905 people lost their lives. “He (Amanullah) was found infected and was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on June 3 where he breathed his last yesterday,” Bukhari said.
The Shahi Imam said that public opinion has been sought on the closure of the historic mosque in view of the rise of Coronavirus cases in the national capital. He said, “People are giving their opinion on the closure of Jama Masjid through social media and other means. We can close it again for people in a day or two and limit the number of people who offer ‘Namaz’.”
The mosque was opened from June 8
Jama Masjid was opened on June 8, more than two months after the government granted concessions under ‘Unlock-1’. Bukhari said, “I have also asked other small mosques to appeal to people to stay in homes and perform ‘namaz’ at home instead of mosques. It is not right to go to mosques at a time when Coronavirus cases are at peak in Delhi whereas we did not do so during Ramadan and also on Eid due to lockdown. ”
On June 8, Bukhari has asked governments to reconsider their decision in view of the rapid spread of the coronavirus when it opened a religious site along with several other establishments, including shopping malls and offices across the country.
(Input: Agency Language)