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. The move has been taken when Shahi Imam's secretary Amanullah died in Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday night due to Corona virus.
With 1,366 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Delhi on Tuesday, the number of infected reached 31,309 while 905 people lost their lives. Bukhari said Amanullah was found infected and was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on June 3 where he breathed his last yesterday. The Shahi Imam said that public opinion has been sought on the closure of the historic mosque in view of the rise of Corona virus cases in the national capital.
Bukhari said that 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 read 'Namaz'. Jama Masjid was opened on June 8, more than two months after the government granted concessions under 'Unlock-1'.
The Shahi Imam said that 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 correct to go to mosques at a time when Corona virus cases are on the peak in Delhi, whereas we did not do so during Ramadan and also on Eid due to the lockdown. Bukhari has asked the governments to reconsider their decision in view of the rapid spread of the corona virus when it opened the religious site along with several other establishments including shopping malls and offices across the country on June 8.