President urges Ulema to advise people to stay indoors

March 26, 2020

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has urged Ulema to advise and educate the people to stay indoors and offer their prayers in their homes to help contain spread of covid-19. He stated this during a video conference consultative session with Governors and Ulema from various schools of thought on Thursday. During the consultative session, the President discussed with ulema the situation arising out of Covid-19 Pandemic and sought their cooperation to create awareness among the masses about the disease. He urged the ulema to advise and educate the people to stay indoors and offer their prayers in their homes, which would help in containing the spread of disease.  
The President highlighted the preventive measures which needed to be taken by the people to stop spreading the disease. He emphasized that the only solution to the present crisis was to maintain social distancing and act upon the guidelines provided by Islam to cope with such situation. The President appreciated the unity among ulema, particularly the unanimous declaration issued by them in Karachi which calls for adoption of preventive measures against Covid-19. The Ulema assured their complete support and said that they would comply with the instructions given by the Government. They said they had already taken a number of steps like cancelation of religious congregations, postponement of convocations and examinations, besides declaring holidays for over 3 million Madrassah students. 

They advised the people to resort to Almighty Allah to rescue us from this crisis. The ulema appreciated the steps initiated by the Government against the Pandemic. They also commended the relief measures taken by the Government for the welfare of the needy. The ulema paid homage to the doctors and nurses who are on the frontline against this Pandemic. The President expressed his gratitude to the Ulema for supporting the policies of the Government against Corona Virus. President AJK, Sardar Masood Khan, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri, provincial governors, including Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology, Qibla Ayaz and ulema from various schools of thought were also present on the occasion.