On Friday, the federal announced that devotees can hold majalis and processions during Muharram if they strictly implement precautionary measures.
According to details, a gathering between President Dr. Arif Alvi and Shia ulema happened at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Both pondered the difficulty of Muharram procession amid the deadly pandemic and made the choice .
Reportedly, the govt has allowed Muharram processions to be administered . However, it’s only allowed on the condition of following strict coronavirus SOPs and guidelines.
Religious Affairs Minister Pir Nurul Haq Qadri, Interior Minister Brigadier (Retd) Aijaz Shah and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Allama Arif Wahidi, Raja Nasir Abbas, Dr. Ghazanfar Mehdi, Allama Qamar Haider Zaidi, Raja Basharat Imami, and Allama Sajjad Naqvi were also a neighborhood of the meeting.
Meanwhile, Minister for Religious Affairs Dr. Noor-ul-Haque Qadri during a statement said unanimously agreed SOPs are formulated. These are going to be forwarded to provincial governments and Ulemas after the approval of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).
Besides social distancing in gatherings, the agreed SOP’s also include marking for sitting, no-entry without a mask, no use of carpet, chlorination of mats permitted to use outside Imam-bargah only, and brief and time-bound Majalis.
In addition to the present , there’s a ban on the participation of old-aged people, handshake or hugging, bringing along prayer mats, Sajda Gah, or beads. Not only this but they need also prescribed the take-away of food rather than servings. Moreover, the mourners won’t be allowed to the touch Alam (flag), Taazia also because the Shabih.
The mourning rituals of Muharram-ul-Haram would be allowed subject to the enforcement of SOPs. This includes hand sanitizers, face masks, single-use glasses for beverage , a limited number of participants with restrictions on old-aged and ailing persons.
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the president hailed the role of spiritual scholars in containing the spread of the novel virus during the month of Muharram.
A surge in COVID-19 cases due to Eid-ul-Adha then Muharram is very likely. The hospitals are to stay on high alert for the 2 months, from July 20 to September 20. During this point the staff leave is to be canceled. Moreover, the protests are banned.
First the approaching crowding in makeshift cattle markets, plus the Eid-ul-Adha congregations. then the Muharram processions in early September. within the wake of those events, a unprecedented surge are often anticipated.