New Delhi, Apr 9: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on Wednesday appealed to people not to go to the cemetery on Shab-e-Barat but observe the night of fortune and forgiveness while staying at home and maintaining social distancing in view of the Corona pandemic.
In a message, Dr Indresh Kumar said 'Today is Shab-e-Barat which is a day of prayers for the departed (elders). On Shab-e-Barat, prayers are offered and Quran is recited all night. People also pray for their family members who have departed. People also visit nearby cemeteries on this night for Jiyarat (a form of pilgrimage to sites associated with Muhammad, his family members and descendants).' He appealed that this time the Muslim brethren should stay at their homes and pray that the country should be free from Corona pandemic and bigotry.
'Let's pray at home and get the blessings of God,' he maintained. They should also pray that immortality should be attained by those who sacrificed their lives for the Independence of the country, he said in his message. 'God will shower his blessing on every home, this is for sure and truth,' he added. The 21-day lockdown is set to end next week but several state leaders have called for an extension or only a partial lifting of restrictions, saying is the only way to avoid a coronavirus pandemic that will be difficult to tackle. Underlining that the situation in the country is akin to a ‘social emergency’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said several state governments, district administrations and experts have asked for extension of lockdown, which started on March 25.
The Prime Minister interacted with floor leaders of political parties in Parliament, via video conference, and warned that the situation keeps changing continuously and there was a need to maintain vigil at all times. In last 24 hours, the total number of Covid19 positive cases increased to 5,194 including 773 new ones. So far 149 patients have died and 402 have been cured. (UNI)