Srinagar: No congregational prayers were held in historic Jamia Masjid, Hazratbal shrine besides other major shrines on Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramadan.
The shrines and major Masjids across the Valley remained closed in wake of the lockdown imposed by the government in order to prevent the deadly virus from spreading.
However, prayers with due reverence to covid-19 guidelines were held in local mosques.
Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakf Board had already announced suspension of celebrations and congregational prayers on Jumatul Vida at Masjids and Shrines affiliated to it, in view of threat of the coronavirus.
Aniuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid on May 6 also announced that Jummat-ul-Vida and Shab-e-Qadr programmes at the grand Masjid stand cancelled due to exponential rise in COVID-19 cases and lockdown which has been imposed in the wake of second wave of coronavirus.
The Anjuman in a statement had stresses upon the people to spend these holy occasions especially the last 10 days of Ramadan at their homes by holding special prayers, dhikr-o-adhkaar and manaajaat besides pray to Almighty Allah to grant us complete refuge from the deadly virus.
It was for the second consecutive year that congregational prayers were suspended in the historic Jamia masjid and other major shrines in the Valley.
Meanwhile, Corona Curfew continued to remain in place across Srinagar and other districts of J&K for the eighth straight day to prevent the deadly virus from spreading. The lockdown will continue till May 10.