Karnataka govt orders closure of graveyards, dargahs on ‘Shab-e-barat’
Precaution to stop coronavirus cluster spread
To guard against a cluster spread of the deadly coronavirus, the state government has ordered suspension of congregational prayers and visits to qabrastans (Muslim graveyards) and dargahs on April 9.
Shab-e-barat is considered one of the auspicious nights in the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims all over the world. During this occasion, Muslims congregate in mosques for overnight prayers.
The Karnataka State Board of Auqaf’s Chief Executive Officer, Islahuddin J Gadyal, in his order stated: “No public shall be allowed to perform religious rituals in the qabrastans (graveyards) and all the gates of qabrastans shall be kept closed.”
He also directed all the waqf officers and district waqf advisory committees in the state to adhere to the order. Any dereliction in this regard will be viewed seriously, he warned.