“Coronavirus faced Muslim communities with religious challenges”
Clerics should find substitute ways to coordinate individuals in Muslim society who are in need of collective religious rituals and communicate with each other.
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Hujjat-ul-Islam Hamid Shahriari, Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought in his speech at the opening ceremony of the 34th Islamic Unity Conference counted the spiritual challenges Muslims have faced following the coronavirus outbreak, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
The cleric in his speech made in virtual meeting with scholars and elites from across the globe referred to the spiritual demands of the people which have been challenged due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
He referred to the holy Qur’an calling Muslims as a unified nation who should perform communal prayers and noted,” The present challenge is on religious ceremonies that cannot be performed in their traditional form.”
He added,” The prayers which should be performed during religious ceremonies are part of the issues created due to the pandemic infection.”
Top cleric referred to Hajj and other pilgrimages which have been either totally banned or restricted following the pandemic and created a spiritual challenge for all Muslims.
Hujjat-ul-Islam Shahriari also counted other communal rituals which have been banned due to the new coronavirus and called on Muslim scholars to find replacements to communicate with the people amid the present situation.
He hailed the online and live coverage of mourning ceremonies, Friday prayers and other rituals as an initiation which helped with the spiritual needs of the people amid the pandemic.
Hujjat-ul-Islam Hamid Shahriari made the comments at the opening ceremony of the 34th Islamic Unity Conference which is scheduled to be held virtually on October 29th- November 3rd because of the new coronavirus.
34th Islamic Unity Conference is under way as the Muslim scholars from across the globe will discuss the “Islamic Cooperation in Face of Calamities and Disasters” as the major subject.