At a time when even Saudis have calmly complied with their authorities order of not offering prayers in mosques due to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistanis still haven’t done so.
Some maulvis and mullahs continue to defy government orders to hold Friday prayers in a mosque. People are so committed to performing these prayers in mass gathering that they would even assault a female police officer who is only looking out for their health and safety.
Shockingly, this incident happened today and it has been captured on video. A female police officer was beaten, kicked and pulled around by a mob in Orangi Town, Karachi. And despite this very despicable behavior on part of a largely illiterate mob, this brave lady did not stand down in the way of her responsibilities.
The SHO in question is Sharafat Khan, who led a team to stop the worshipers from congressional Friday prayers when she sustained injuries and suffered bruises as people attacked her.
Trigger Warning: You can check out the video of the incident here:
کراچی پیرآباد لاک ڈاون کے احکامات پر عملدرآمد کرانے کیلئے پہنچنے والی مشتعل افراد نے خاتون پولیس افسر کو گھیر لیا تشدد کا نشانہ بنایا
جامعہ مسجد حقانی اورنگی ٹاون کراچی#COVIDー19 #ImranKhan pic.twitter.com/mQXdQVSMf2
— Samar Abbas (@Samarjournalist) April 10, 2020
In the greater interest of saving lives, a decision to ban the prayer congregations at mosques was taken by the Sindh government. However, some people attended prayers at mosques on Friday, despite appeals from the Government for people to stay at home.
This is not an isolated incident as many mosques defied government requests to postpone Friday prayers as part of efforts to control the spread of coronavirus. It’s shocking to see how blatantly people disregard the health and safety of everyone by refusing to stay home. And for those believing this curfew is some sort of discrimination against Islam, then people need a wake-up call to see that this curfew is imposed on all religious gatherings.
So far, Pakistan seems to be the only Islamic state that has an issue with the postponement of Friday prayers. Stay home and stay safe.
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