Yousaf praises uni­form prayer tim­ings

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf Fri­day said that the pro­mo­tion of in­ter­faith har­mony and una­nim­ity among var­i­ous seg­ments of so­ci­ety was his life mis­sion. Ad­dress­ing faith­ful at a lo­cal mosque here, he said the agree­ment of all ulema on uni­form tim­ings of prayers and Azan was his­tor­i­cal de­ci­sion of re­li­gious schol­ars.

He said the uni­form prayers tim­ings were be­ing ob­served suc­cess­fully in var­i­ous coun­tries of the world in­clud­ing Saudi Ara­bia, Malaysia and Gulf coun­tries. The uni­form prayers tim­ings had helped in­creas­ing im­por- tance of prayers. He lamented that the im­por­tance of in­tro­duc­ing uni­form prayer tim­ings was not felt by pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments. Of­fer­ing prayers was more im­por­tant than per­form­ing Hajj as Na­maz ranked sec­ond among ba­sic Is­lamic prac­tices as com­par­ing to Hajj which was con­sid­ered fifth pil­lar of Is­lam. He said, a com­mit­tee had al­ready pre­pared a con­sen­sus cal­en­dar for uni­form prayers tim­ings in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Is­lam­abad. Now it was upto Ulema to fol­low the cal­en­dar to of­fer prayers. He said the uni­form prayer sys­tem would be im­ple­mented in phases. Sar­dar Yousaf also met with ulema and re­li­gious schol­ars af­ter Juma prayers. Ulema in­clud­ing Maulana Ma­roof of Jamia Mosque Zounourain, G-9 Markaz, Mufti Zamir Ahmed Sa­jid of Jamia mosque Al Has­san, G-9/4, Mufti Muham­mad Iqbal Naeemi of Jamia mosque Al Mu­jahid G-9/1, Maulana Muham­mad Rus­tam of Jamia mosque Jee­la­nia, G- 8/1, Maulana Muham­mad Qasim Chishti of Jamia mosque Shamas ul Araifain, G-8 and oth­ers.

Ulema and schol­ars as­sured their co­op­er­a­tion to the min­is­ter for im­ple­ment­ing uni­form prayers sys­tem. They lauded the ef­forts of the min­is­ter for in­tro­duc­ing cheap hajj pack­ages.—APP

IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony, Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf talk­ing to ulema about uni­form prayer tim­ings in coun­try at Jamia Masjid Zul Noorain.

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