Although the government instructed that a maximum of 20 people will be able to attend Tarabi prayers at a time in a bid to contain Coronavirus infection, many mosques in the capital didn't follow the directives.
While visiting different mosques in the city's Mohammadpur and Adabor, it was seen that many mosques were filled with worshippers during Tarabi prayers. Social distancing was not maintained and many were not wearing masks.
Our correspondent visited seven mosques including Baitul Aman Society Jame Masjid, Baitul Abrar Jame Masjid, Jamia Islamia Masjid and Madrasha, Nurani Hafizia Madrasha and found that all floors of the mosques were filled with people.
The only exception was Adabor Chartola Masjid where only 20 people were allowed to offer Tarabi prayers. After 20 people entered, the main entrance of the mosque was closed.
Religious Affairs Ministry on April 12 instructed that a maximum of 20 people, including the khatib, imam, hafez, muezzin and khadim, can attend Tarabi prayers at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.
In a circular, the ministry also said that a maximum of 20 devotees can participate in the five daily prayers in the mosque.
The local administration, law enforcement agencies, Islamic Foundation officials and the management committee of the concerned mosques have been requested to implement the guidelines.