PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Auqaf and Information and Public Relations Departments on Sunday arranged an Ulema Conference at the Civil Secretariat in Peshawar in which the current situation about the coronavirus emergency was reviewed under the teachings of Islam.

A number of eminent religious scholars attended the session besides Secretary Information Imtiaz Ali Shah and Secretary Auqaf.

Participants of the session reviewed the current situation under the light of Islamic teachings and appealed to the well off people to help the poor and needy people during these testing times amid the coronavirus emergency. They said many poor labourers cannot go to work due to lockdown and other restrictions in various areas, therefore, the well off people must not wait for the arrival of the holy month of Ramazan and help these people immediately with Zakat and Sadqat. They said timely help from the well off people will keep the kitchens of the poor people running.

The Ulema said that keeping in view the advice of doctors due to prevailing coronavirus threat, it is better to say Salam from a distance rather than shaking hands, which is stated to be the one of main causes behind the spread of the virus. The Ulema prayed for eternal peace and rest of the departed souls and fortitude for the bereaved families. The declared that the people dying from the pandemic are Shaheed (martyrs).

The Ulema vowed to stand shoulder to shoulder to the government amid the coronavirus emergency. They also vowed to keep the Friday sermons very short and create awareness among the people about the pandemic on the social media.

Earlier, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) had also issued a statement appealing to the well off people to pay Zakat to deserving people amid the coronavirus crisis and don’t wait for the holy month of Ramazan for paying Zakat.

Eminent Ulema had already stated on mainstream and social media that the citizens must abide by the directives of the doctors and government to avoid the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Earlier, Maulana Tariq Jameel, an eminent religious scholar, said in a TV interview that the people must fully cooperate with the government if it had to take extraordinary steps for coronavirus control.