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Pakistan follows Saudi Arabia, decides to scrutinize Friday sermons

Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz has said that 100 topics have been finalized for Friday sermons in mosques as per the direction of President Arif Alvi to ensure the formation of a better society

He said a preliminary draft has been prepared in this regard.

According to the Facetv.pk, the two-day meeting of the CII concluded on Monday after which a delegation led by the CII chairman called on Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Talking to the media after the meeting, Ayaz said, “The prime minister has assured that the recommendations of the CII will be implemented in phases.”

Qibla Ayaz said that eight members of the council have resigned but the council will not be inactive with the retirement of its members.

“The new members will be appointed soon to replace these members,” he said. “It is expected that the eight retiring members will include two judges, a woman, an economist and an administrative expert.”

The proposed names will be submitted to the Ministry of Law soon, he added.

He said eight CII members, including Maulana Muhammad Hanif Jalandhari, Justice (retd) Muhammad Raza Khan, Muhammad Shafiq Khan Pasroori, Dr Pir Fazil Ayaz Qasmi, Justice (retd) Syed Manzoor Hussain Gilani, Allama Syed Iftikhar Hussain Naqvi, Ahmed Javed, and Dr Farkhunda Zia were going to retire on May 31.

The prime minister also appreciated the steps taken by the CII for making the laws compatible with Islamic teachings, he said.

He said the CII delegation lauded the prime minister for his stance taken on different issues, including Islamophobia, blasphemy and Palestine.

Ayaz said the CII, in its 224th meeting earlier in the day, discussed a 12-point agenda.

He said the meeting perused the recommendations of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony regarding interfaith harmony and accorded approval with some amendments.

He said the CII also approved the draft law on contempt of corpse incidents.

The council, he said, also discussed inclusion of the verses from the Holy Quran and Ahadees [the sayings of Holy Prophet (PBUH)] in the advertisements and urged the newspapers’ readers to ensure their respect.

The meeting expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine, and the victims of attacks on a school and mosque in Kabul, he added.

Saudi Arabia limits loudspeaker use

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs has imposed restrictions on the use of loudspeakers in mosques, allowing the use of loudspeakers only for calls for prayers (Azan) and Iqamat.

A circular has been issued by Abdul Latif Al Sheikh, Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, to all mosques across the Kingdom, to limit the use of loudspeakers only for Azaan and Iqama and lower the volume of loudspeakers to one-third level.

Azan is the first call for prayer, while Iqamat is the second call for prayer, indicating the Imam has taken his place facing towards the Kaaba and the Prayer is about to commence.

The circular is based on Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Hadith in which he said: “Lo! every one of you is calling his Lord quietly. One should not trouble the other and one should not raise the voice in recitation or in prayer over the voice of the other.”

The rule is also based on fatwas by most senior Islamic scholars like Sheikh Mohammed bin Saleh Al Othaimeen and Saleh Al Fawzan, that loudspeakers in mosques should only used for Azan and Iqamat.

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