LAHORE: Scholars say that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s view of obscenity and nudity as the basic reasons for sexual violence is correct and based on facts.
Speaking at a press conference Sunday, following a meeting of all sects in the Ulama Mutahida Council, the chairman of the Pakistan Council of Ulama and the prime minister’s special assistant on religious harmony and Middle East Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stance on obscenity had been misinterpreted. Obscenity and nudity are among the fundamental reasons behind the increasing incidence of sexual violence, he said. Unicef and several European and American investigative agencies have also pointed out this, but unfortunately some women and men have launched campaigns against the establishment of the prime minister and misinterpreted his stance.
Whether the rape and molestation was committed with a boy or a girl is damned and sad, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi. Nobody else has given the status that Islam has given women, she added. He said the prime minister’s stance was a representation of the entire nation, whether it was men or women spreading obscenity and nudity was despicable.
During the presser at the Muthahida Ulema Board, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi was flanked by leading ulema and religious scholars of different schools of thought including: Maulana Muhammad Shafi Qasmi, Maulana Tahir Aqeel Awan, Maulana Noman Hashir, Maulana Muhammad Aslam Siddiqui, Maulana Asadullah Farooq, Allama Kazim Raza, Allama Tahir-ul-Hassan, Maulana Hanif Bhatti, Maulana Muhammad Ashfaq Potafi, Maulana Zubair Abid, Maulana Abdul Qayyum, Qari Mubashir Rahimi, Maulana Aslam Qadri, Maulana Talha Siddiqui, Qari Ismatullah Muawiyah, -Rehman Abid, Qari Kifayatullah, Qari Abdul Hakim Athar, Maulana Islamuddin, Maulana Abdul Ghaffar Farooqi, Qari Faisal, Hamza Tahir-ul-Hassan, Maulana Muneeb-ur-Rehman Haideri and others.
Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi appealed to scholars and leaders of all schools and sects to take precautions during the month of Ramadan at mosques and to safeguard ‘Ibadaat’ and prevention against coronavirus together in Ramadan. He said mosques would not be closed during Ramadan and their implementation would be ensured with letters and enthusiasm for preventive measures and SOPs against the coronavirus. The third wave of the coronavirus is very dangerous and everyone must ensure each other’s safety by asking Allah for forgiveness and observing precautions, he added.
He said the government intends to strengthen Masajid-o-Madaris, adding that mosque and seminary registrations have not been canceled. The government held a meeting of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in Peshawar with the sole aim of ending the difference in sightings of the moon in the country. No mosques or madrasas have been closed and registration of any madrasa or mosque has not been canceled, he added. The deliberation process with ulama and mashaikh is ongoing regarding the Waqf Property Law.
Seminary registration has already started with the education ministry, and if the head of a madrasa or mosque has a complaint against any official for the registration process, he can contact the office of Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. Against the question, Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said the government would give gifts for one Eid and the same day of Ramadan, adding that the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting in Peshawar was held to resolve differences in lunar observations and lunar affairs. the apparition was supervised by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri. He said Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad was the new chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.
Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi also said that he had spoken with Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri and other scholars in this connection and it was possible that help would be sought from scientific knowledge and a decision would be made. on the basis of evidence of Sharia according to Sharia law. Ulama and Masyaikh also appealed to traders to reduce profit margins in connection with Ramadan. Ashrafi said a respected judge had hurt the feelings of Muslims by saying that the Constitution was higher than Islam. It should be remembered that Islam is not only a protector of mankind but also a commandment to protect the rights of animals and plants. The presiding judge must take action in this regard by referring to the respectable judge. The scholars and mashaikh also announced to support and support the following precautions for prayer, taravee and itekaaf in mosques and imambargah.
1. No carpet or mat will be placed in the mosque and Imambargah, prayers will be performed on a clean floor. 2. If the floor is rough, a clean mat can be placed. 3. Those who wish to bring a prayer mat from home are allowed to pray on it. 4. Gathering before and after prayers should be avoided. 5. In mosques and Imambargah which have open courtyards and spaces, it is better to pray in an open space than in a hall. 6.People over 60 years of age, minors, and patients suffering from coughs, colds, flu, etc. It is forbidden to come to the mosque and Imambargah. 7. Prayers and Tarawih must be arranged within the mosque and Imambargah. Praying on roads and sidewalks should be avoided. 8. Mosque and Imambargah floors should be washed with chlorinated water. 9. Water containing chlorine should be sprayed on the mat before prayers. 10 The arrangement of the Mosque and Imambargah must be arranged so that the distance between congregations is at least three meters. 11. Mosques and Imambargah form committees of people responsible for ensuring preventive measures. 12 If the organizers of the mosque and Imambargah mark the floor according to the correct distance for the congregation to stand, it will be easier for the congregation to pray. 13 Visit the mosque and Imambargah while performing ablution at home. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds. 14. When entering the mosque and Imambargah, it is mandatory to wear a mask and not shake hands or hug with anyone. 15. Avoid touching your face, you can do this by washing your hands when you come home. 16. In the current situation, the distance between the two I’tikaf is six feet and all SOPs will be ensured. 17. Iftar and Sahar cannot be arranged collectively in the mosque and Imambargah. 18. The government of the Mosque and Imambargah, must continue to coordinate with the district and provincial governments as well as the respective police. 19 The management of mosques and Imambargah are granted conditional permits with this precautionary measure.
20. If during Ramadan, the government feels that these precautionary measures have not been followed or the number of victims has risen to dangerous levels, the government, like other sectors, will review decisions on mosques and Imambargah, in consultation with scholars, ulama and mashaikh.