ACJU/MED/2020/005

2020.05.24 / 1441.10.01

ACJU Message on Eid-Ul-Fitr

The ACJU conveys its greetings, on the blessed Day of Eid-Ul-Fitr, to all Muslims who had observed fasts and engaging in good deeds in the Month of Ramadhaan, and are celebrating Eid today, despite the prevailing Covid-19 crisis. We pray that Almighty Allah accepts our Fasts and showers the best of His rewards abundantly upon all of us.

Considering the safety of the country and its people from the effects of Covid-19, arrangements should be made to celebrate Eid in a simple manner within our homes and among our household members, abiding by guidelines of the Health and Govt. authorities with responsibility.

We pray to Almighty Allah to bless us with unity and determination to strive to protect our Motherland from this infectious disease.

On this blessed Day, while observing the Islamic practices according to its Teachings, we should pray for our Motherland and for the entire world to be relieved from the effects of this pandemic.

On this Day of Eid, the ACJU wholeheartedly extends its gratitude towards the Government, Health Authorities, Tri-Forces, Police officers, and all other front liners who are striving continuously to serve the Nation with utmost dedication despite the tough conditions.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim        

Assistant Secretary - ACJU

 

ACJU/FTW/2020/05

22.05.2020

28.09.1441

 

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu!

Guidelines Regarding the Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers for this year

  1. According to the instructions given earlier, considering the situation in the country, festival prayers should be conducted with Jama’ath in the houses.
  2. Performing the festival prayer is Sunnah Mu’akkadah. Though there is permissibility to perform this prayer alone, it is recommended to perform it with Jama’ath.
  3. The festival prayer could be performed from the moment the sun has risen, until it reaches its zenith. Yet it is preferred to pray after the sun has risen above the horizon to the height of a spear (after 15 minutes).
  4. There is no Athan or Iqamath for the festival prayer.
  5. The festival prayer consists of two Rak’aths. Initially, one should keep the intention of praying two Rak’aths of Festival prayer, then say the Takbeer and fold his hands. It is a Sunnah to recite the Wajjahthu Dua. Other similar Duas that are reported in the Ahadith could also be recited.
  6. Thereafter one should say the Takbeer 7 times, similar to the first one, by raising the hands and folding them. Likewise, even in the second Raka’ath, 5 extra Takbeers will be pronounced, apart from the Takbeer pronounced when standing up from from Sujood. Dhikrs such as the one mentioned below can be recited in both Raka’aths:

سُبْحَانَ اللهِ، وَالْحْمدُ لِلّهِ، وَلَا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ  

  1. It is obligatory to recite Surah Fatihah after having pronounced the extra Takbeers in both the Raka’aths. It is Sunnah to follow it up with the recitation of a Surah. If one hasn't memorized any other Surahs, it will be sufficient to recite only Surah Fatihah.
  2. It is a Sunnah to recite Surah A’la (الأعلى) in the first Raka’ath, and Surah Ghaashiya (الغاشية) in the second Raka’ath, for those who know them by memory.
  3. If a person chooses to pray alone, he shall perform the two Raka’aths of the Festival Prayer only.
  4. The Khutbah could be delivered if two or more persons are present. The number of people required for the validity of Jumu'ah will not be required for the validity of festival prayer.
  5. Conducting the Khutbah after the Festival prayer is a Sunnah. The Khutbah of Eid is similar to the Khutbah of Jumu'ah, with the addition of 9 Takbeers at the beginning of the first Khutbah, and 7 Takbeers at the beginning of the second Khutbah.
  6. It is necessary to mention the following in Arabic during both the Khutbahs of the Festival prayer, just as it is necessary to mention them in the Jumu'ah Khutbah:

Furthermore, a Verse from the Quran must be recited in both the Khutbahs. The second Khutbah must be concluded with Dua, by supplicating for the believers: اللهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلمُؤمِنِيْنَ والمُؤْمِنَاتِ] A sample Khutbah has been attached.

  1. A sermon could be delivered following the Khutbah, if one wishes.
  2. If there is no one who could recite the above and conduct the Khutbah, it will be permissible to suffice with the prayer alone, as the Khutbah is not a condition for the validity of festival prayer.
  3. While performing the prayer in congregation (Jama’ath) males must do the Imamath.Y In the case where only women are present in the congregation, one of the women could lead the prayer. In such a situation, Khutbah will not be read by women. A woman amongst the congregation of women may choose to deliver a small sermon.
  4. Considering the present circumstances in the country, one should conduct the festival prayer and Khutbah within the confines of the home among the household members only. And neighbors or outsiders should not join under present circumstances.
  5. Those upon whom Zakatul Fitr is obligatory should discharge it prior to the festival prayer.
  6. The Sunnah activities of the day of the festival should be carried out, considering and respecting the rules and regulations of the country.

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

Ash Sheikh M.L.M. Ilyas                                                   

Secretary – Fatwa Division

All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama

 

 

Ash Shiekh I.L.M. Hashim Shoori

Supervisor – Fatwa Division

All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulama

 

Ash Sheikh Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe

President

All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama

 

 

 

A Sample Eid Khutbah which can be read

First Khutbah :

 

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَالصًّلاَةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلًّمَ. أٌمّا بَعْدُ

يَا أًيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا الله قَالَ الله تَعَالىَ أَعُوْذُ بِالله مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الأَبْتَرُ

وقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ((الدِّين النَّصِيحَةُ))

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِيْ وَلَكُمْ فَاسْتَغْفِرُوْهُ إنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُوْرُ الرَّحِيْمُ

Second Khutbah :

 

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ  اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَالصلاة والسَّلَامُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ. أمَّا بَعْدُ

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا اللهَ قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالى أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

وَارْضَ  اللّهُمَّ عَنِ الخُلَفَاءِ الأَرْبَعَةِ وَجَمِيْعِ الصَّحَابَةِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمْ أَجْمَعِيْنَ.

اللهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلمُؤمِنِيْنَ والمُؤْمِنَاتِ والمُسْلِمِينَ والمُسْلِمَاتِ

بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ

 

 

 

ACJU/MED/2020/003

2020.05.19

Message of Condolence from ACJU on the demise of Marhoom Dr. M.A.M. Shukri

The message of the demise of Dr. M.A.M. Shukri brings great grief to all of us.

Marhoom Dr. M.A.M. Shukri who was one of the most prominent educationalists of Sri Lanka, and the Director of ‘Jaamiyya Naleemiah’ Institute of Islamic Studies – Beruwala, passed away today (19.05.2020). Innaa Lillaahi Wa Innaa Ilaihi Raajioon. His departure is an immense loss for the people of Sri Lanka.

Dedicating his life towards the missions of academic and Deen, Dr. Shukri had productive affiliations with ACJU as well. He never hesitated in disseminating valuable advice and guidance in the hours of need. He has participated and delivered thesis orations at many conferences and seminars organized by the ACJU.

Having authored several manifold books, he has served as a lecturer at many Universities in Sri Lanka. As a mentor for thousands of students, he always maintained a neutral approach in his affairs, and maintained a close relationships with the Ulama.

He was known for being passionate towards the academic administration at ‘Jaamiyya Naleemiah’ and his academic contributions continued until his last breath. As a result he is accredited with pride for producing many scholars to this nation.

May Almighty Allah accept all his good deeds, forgive his sins, and associate him among His faithful slaves, May Allah bestow peace and patience to his family, students and associates, Aameen.

Wassalam,

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary - ACJU

 

ACJU/MED/2020/002

2020.05.18

Guidelines regarding the last days of Ramadhaan and the Day of Eid

Having observed the fasts of Ramadhaan amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reached the last few days of this blessed Month.

While we pray for quick relief from the impact of this virus and restoration of normalcy in our livelihoods, during this Holy Month of Ramadhaan, we request everyone to follow the below guidelines.

 

Guidelines regarding the last part of Ramadhaan:

  • The last part of Ramadhaan is in which most virtues could be acquired. Therefore, everyone should engage in good deeds excessively during this period, while remaining at homes, and make effort to attain the blessed ‘Laithul Qadr’.

 

  • Gatherings at Masjids for I’thikaf and other Ibaadahs (acts of worship) during these few days should be completely avoided and the related guidelines issued by the Waqf Board and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs (MRCA) should be followed.

 

  • Since the curfew is being relaxed partially in many districts, unless for essential needs, leaving the homes should be avoided and if required to go out it is necessary to abide by the guidelines issued by the government such as wearing a face mask and maintaining social distance. As it is the teaching of Islam in such situations to adhere to the set guidelines, as above, the Muslim community should follow them in an exemplary manner.

 

  • During the forthcoming Eid season, we should completely refrain from gathering in large crowds to make purchases, and follow the related guidelines set by the Government and the Health Ministry and as a precautionary measure, we should resort to ‘Home Delivery’ services, as much as possible, to make necessary purchases.

 

  • Those upon whom Zakathul Fitr is obligatory, should ensure to offer them prior to the performance of the Eid Prayer. As advised previously, it is recommended to offer it collectively through the Masjids.

 

Guidelines regarding the Day of Eid:

  • While being conscious that this Eid has to be celebrated during a crisis period, we should ensure to abide by the standard precautionary measures considering the safety of the people and the country, especially on the day of Eid.

 

  • Performing the Eid prayers in congregation at Masjids or in open grounds should be strictly avoided. Instead the Eid prayers should be conducted within the house hold members at our homes.

 

  • Necessary arrangements should be made to celebrate Eid safely, within the household members. Unnecessary trips and gatherings should be strictly avoided.

 

  • Strictly avoid making Musaafaha or Mu’aanaka with others during this period, especially on the day of Eid.

 

  • From the moment of sighting the crescent of Shawwaal until the Eid prayers are performed, necessary arrangements should be made to recite Takbeer over the loudspeakers of the Masjids, after every Azan.

 

  • Assistance should be provided to the poor and needy as much as possible, especially during the period of Eid.

 

May Almighty Allah accept our good deeds and fasts, and safeguard the entire world from the effects of this virus. Aameen.

Wassalam,

 

 

Ash Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary – ACJU

 

Note: All Trustees of Masjids are kindly requested to make necessary arrangements to read out these guidelines to the public at an appropriate time, via Masjid loudspeakers after Azan, and also ACJU requests everyone to cooperate in implementing these guidelines.

09.05.2020
15.09.1441

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu

Some guidelines on carrying out the Zakathul Fitr this year

1. Zakatul Fitr is a charity that becomes obligatory when the crescent for the month of Shawwal is sighted, upon those who can afford it. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Zakatul Fitr purifies the sins of a person who has fasted, and is a sustenance for the poor.”

2. Generally, Zakatul Fitr becomes obligatory upon the sighting of the crescent for Shawwaal. However, according to the Shafi Mad’hab, it can be discharged from the time the crescent of Ramadhan is sighted.

3. Although it would be permissible to give the equivalent monetary value according to the Hanafi Mad’hab, majority of the scholars like Imam Malik, Imam Shafi and Imam Ahmed share the view that the main grain that is consumed has to be given. It cannot be replaced with its equivalent monetary value. This is the most authentic view.

4. The amount payable as Zakatul Fitr “one Saa’”, i.e 2.4 Kilogram per person.

5. Due to the prevailing situation in the country, it would be very difficult to look for those in need and pay the Zakatul Fitr to them personally.

6. We urge the prominent people of the town/Masjid Boards/charity organizations that function in the town to make the following arrangements:
• Decide the value of 2.4 Kilogram of rice, define a payment period,
• Make a public announcement that this would be issued to the needy,
• Collect the payments from those who could afford to pay,
• Purchase the rice on behalf of them,
• Thereafter distribute them among those who are eligible to receive Zakath, before the festival prayers.

 

Ash Sheikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary – Fatwa Committee
All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama

 

 

 

ACJU/FTW/2020/04

06.05.2020

12.09.1441

 

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullaahi Wa Barakaathuhu!

Question: Does a COVID 19 Screening Test nullify the fast?

All Praises are worthy to Allah alone. May Peace and Blessings be showered upon his final Messenger Muhammad (PBUH), his family and companions!

There is a consensus among the religious scholars that if anything that could be consumed as food or drink reaches the stomach, the fast is nullified. This ruling is derived from the Holy Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah - Verse 187, and many Ahadith.

Similarly, if materials that cannot be consumed as food (e.g. stones, iron etc.) reach the stomach, the fast would still be nullified. This is also a view shared by the majority of the scholars including those of the four schools of thought (Mad’habs).

The following statement by Ibnu Abbas (Rali) is in support of this view:

“Fasting is nullified by the introduction of objects into the body (through the openings)” (Saheeh Bukhari).

Scholars of the Shafie Mad’hab state that if a person who is fasting willingly inserts an object into the mouth, whilst he is concious of his fast, and that object goes beyond the central part of the throat, then the person’s fast would be nullified; similarly if a person who is fasting, inserts any particle through the nose, and if that particle goes beyond the internal nasal cavity (known as Khaishoom), then the person’s fast would be nullified. This is also the view of the scholars of the Hanbali Mad’hab.

The view expressed by the scholars of the Hanafi Mad’hab is that, the fast would be nullified only if the inserted object is concealed fully into the body; thus, if a portion of it is still visible or is inserted and taken out, the fast wouldn’t be nullified. The scholars of the Maliki Mad’hab are of the view that, if any solid particles reach the throat, the fast won’t be nullified, except if it reaches the stomach.

 

Hence, according to the views of the scholars of the Hanafi Mad’hab, the COVID 19 Screening test, which is carried out by inserting a swab through the nose or mouth to take out a sample of

Secretions, doesn’t invalidate the fast. The views of the scholars of the Maliki Mad’hab would also be the same, as nothing reaches stomach.

As far as the views of the scholars of the Shafi’e Mad’hab are concerned, since the swab inserted through the mouth and nose for the COVID 19 Screening test does not go beyond the limits mentioned above (which has also been confirmed by the experts in this field), such a testing procedure will not invalidate the fast.

However, if it is proved with certainty that this instrument goes beyond the above mentioned limits, the fast will be nullified. The missed fast should be made up for on another day.

We kindly urge the Muslims to fully cooperate with the relevant officials in this regard.

Allah the Almighty is the All Knowing.

 

 

Ash Sheikh M.L.M Ilyas                                         

Secretary - Fatwa Committee                               

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama                              

 

 Ash Sheikh I.L.M Hashim Soori

 Supervisor - Fatwa Division

 All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

Ash Sheikh M.M.A Mubarak                               

Secretary                                                                

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama                             

 

Ash Sheikh Mufti M.I.M Rizwe

President

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

Ref: ACJU/PRE/2020/004

07.05.2020

Dr. Anil Jasinghe,
Director General of Health Services

Respected Sir,

Clarification on the ambiguity on burying the ashes of a Muslim who succumbed to COVID-19 and request to reverse the stance by permitting burial

We take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to all the health care staff working at the front line, especially to your good-self, working tirelessly during these challenging times to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka. Indeed, you and your team are responding with courage, resolve and exemplary professionalism.

This is a kind note of clarification on any ambiguity that has surfaced on burying the ashes of a Muslim who succumbed to COVID-19.

We wish to reiterate that the Muslim community stand on this matter has always been that, a Muslim deceased due to COVID-19, should have the option of being buried, in line with the WHO guidelines and as implemented in more than 180 countries, since it is an integral part of our faith and a religious obligation of the community towards the deceased.

From the inception, we had addressed this matter in a professional and ethical manner. For the record, we wish to highlight some of the efforts made, of the many steps taken in this regard.

On 24th March a letter was sent to His Excellency the President requesting to amend the standard operating procedure issued by JMO, to include the option of burial for the COVID 19 deaths. We appreciate the authorities for considering our request along with other civil organizations and making necessary changes and issuing a new “Provisional Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients” on the 27th of March, with the provisions for burial.

But unfortunately, on the 31st of March, the above ‘Guidelines’ was revised suddenly and provision for the burial removed.  Thereafter on the 1st of April, we issued a statement expressing our disappointment on behalf of Muslim community for reversing the decision and requesting the relevant authorities to revise the decision in line with the WHO guidelines with the provisions for burial. Following which, a Team of Doctors were appointed to discuss related matters with the authorities and after these discussions, it was agreed to appoint a panel of experts to conduct a scientific study on this matter, but it did not realize.

We, the ACJU as a responsible organization, have always guided our community to obey the law of the land at all times.  In this context, responding to a query on what would be guidance in the given circumstances, that is, only cremation being allowed, it was stated the ashes of the deceased has to be buried, if given.

It is our moral and ethical duty to abide by the law of the country and to guide people towards it. But it does not imply that we endorse nor consent to this ruling as it is against our religious principles. Nevertheless, we shall continue to make ethical endeavors to make representations to the authorities on this matter.

In line with the World Health Organization guidelines and as adopted by as many as 180 countries, we re-appeal once again to your good self to reconsider the decision taken to dispose of the dead bodies of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID 19 and provide the option of the burial of bodies, while complying with all mandatory precautions and with the supervision of police and PHI.

Due to the sensitive nature of the matter we re-appeal for this provision, and wish to emphasize that we shall comply with all the required standards such as preparing the grave with the depth of 8 feet, if required to cement the grave with concrete or any other related measures shall be abided as required. We kindly request your urgent attention in this regard.

Yours Sincerely,

On Behalf of the Executive Committee of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.

 

Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe
President - ACJU


Signatories:

Ash Shaikh A.C.M. Agar Mohamed
Deputy President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak
General Secretary – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Khaleel
Treasurer - ACJU

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Rila
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.J. Abdul Khaliq
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Hashim
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh S.H. Atham Bawa
Vice President – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid
Asst. Secretary – ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim
Asst. Secretary – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.M.M. Anas
Asst. Treasurer - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.L.M. llyas
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.F.M. Fazil
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh K.M. Muksith
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Arqam Nooramith
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Hassan Fareed
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh (Mufti) M.H.M. Yoosuf
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.C.M. Fazil
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh S.L. Nawfer
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.K. AbdurRahman
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh S.A.M. Jawfar
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Abdullah Mahmood
Executive Committee Member – ACJU

Ash Shaikh A.R. AbdurRahman
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.H.M. Burhan
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Hazbullah
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Zarook
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Dr. Azwer
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Zaky Ahmed
Executive Committee Member – ACJU

Ash Shaikh Nooman
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh Dr. M. L. M. Mubarak
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Farood
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

Ash Shaikh M.A.A.M. Bishir
Executive Committee Member - ACJU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACJU/MED/2020/001

06.05.2020

Important Guidelines regarding the relaxation of curfew and the remaining days of Ramadhaan

Despite the impact of Covid-19 being still prevalent, the enforced curfew is in the process of being relaxed methodically in order to meet the essential needs of the public. During this period it is important for us to be vigilant, safe and take precautions in our activities. While completely adhering to the guidelines issued by the Government, the ACJU also urges the Muslims to follow the ensuing guidelines as well:

  • The ACJU is pleased to observe the community following the previously issued guidelines by ACJU regarding Ramadhaan, and prays for all to be successful in both worlds. In addition to following these guidelines, we request all to be more attentive in performance of Salaah, Quran recitation, Dua and other acts of worship.

 

  • As the impact of Covid-19 is still prevalent and the Government is in the process of relaxing the curfew methodically, our vigilance and adherence to the guidelines of the Health Ministry shall pave way for the safety of ourselves, our families and the people of our country.

 

  • Special attention should be paid in maintaining social distancing as it has been identified that the lack of social distancing in public gatherings, may increase the spread of this virus. Wearing a mask, frequent washing of the hands, refraining from leaving the houses unnecessarily and other related guidelines by the Health Ministry should be followed. As it is the teaching of Islam in such situations to adhere to the set guidelines, as above, the Muslim community should follow them in an exemplary manner.

 

  • During the forthcoming Eid season, we should completely refrain from gathering in large crowds to make purchases, and follow the related guidelines set by the Government and the Health Ministry and as a precautionary measure, we should seek ‘Home Delivery’ services, as much as possible, to make necessary purchases.

 

  • Considering the prevailing situation in the country, arrangements should be made to celebrate Eid in a humble manner within the household members. (Insha Allah, a detailed guidance regarding Eid, shall be issued by ACJU as required).

 

  • As the curfew has been prolonging for several weeks, there are many who depend on daily wages and are suffering due to the inability to meet their daily needs. We should offer them assistance in all possible means regardless of race or religion. It is preferable, to minimize our festival expenses as much as possible and to spend in such worthy causes.

 

  • While engaging in charitable activities in abundance during this period, ‘Sadaqat ul Fitr’ should also be offered in the due prescribed manner.

 

  • Masjids should continue to comply with the related guidelines previously issued by the Waqf Board and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs.

 

  • Considering that even the gatherings for prayers at Masjids are not permitted currently, we Muslims should completely avoid all forms of social gatherings.

Even though the curfew is being lifted, being vigilant, and following the relevant guidelines accurately would prevent us and the society from unnecessary problems.

Therefore, the ACJU requests all Muslims to follow the above guidelines, and pray, during this Holy Month of Ramadhaan, for quick relief from the impacts of this Virus and for the return of lives to normalcy.

 

Ash-Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

Note: ACJU kindly requests Trustees of Masjids to make necessary arrangement to read out these guidelines to the public at an appropriate time, via Masjid loudspeakers after Azan, and also requests all to cooperate in implementing these guidelines.