VIDEO: Mufti Muneeb and Fawad Ch faceoff again as he accuses religious clergy for the spread of Coronavirus
Despite an advised ban on religious gatherings to contain the spread of COVID-19, religious clergy opposes
After a discussion between The Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and the government, it was decided that mosques in Pakistan will remain open. Health experts advised banning congregational prayers to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. However, following a lengthy debate, it was decided that mosques will remain open and the ‘number of people praying would instead be limited’.
Despite the fact that the majority of the recent patients are asymptomatic (showing no symptoms of the disease) and there is a high risk of them being hidden carriers of the virus, the decision to keep mosques open does not seem very rational.
Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Ch criticized the religious clergy for their role during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the irresponsibility of the religious circles led to the spread of coronavirus in Pakistan.
Fawad added that illiterate and uneducated people should not be called scholars and Pakistan should respect those who are truly educated and recognize the sensitivity of the matter.
رجعت پسند مذہبی طبقے کی جہالت کی وجہ سے کرونا کی وباء پاکستان میں پھیلی اب ہمیں کہتے ہیں اللہ کا عذاب ہے توبہ کریں، اللہ کا عذاب جہالت ہے جو ان لوگوں کی صورت میں ہم پر مسلط ہے، علماء جو علم اور عقل رکھتے ہیں اللہ کی نعمت ہیں ان کی قدر کریں لیکن جہلاء کو عالم کا درجہ دیناتباہی ہے
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 26, 2020
Chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, responding to Fawad’s comments, said that the minister is blaming the religious clergy to satisfy his ‘political shortcomings’. He further said that Ch Fawad is not worth his response.
This is not the first time we have seen Mufti Muneeb and Fawad Ch indulging in a bitter difference of opinion. Earlier, Fawad launched the website, pakmoonsighting.pk, followed by an application “to halt the moonsighting controversy”. The minister took the step to eliminate the disagreement that gets in the way of the country’s religious festivals every year.