Although a majority of mosques reopened in the city under strict regulations after more than two months of lockdown, most mosques saw fewer numbers of devotees, presumably due to fear of Coronavirus, as cases in the State are at an all-time high, The New Indian Express reported.
Muslims offer prayers at the Darulshifa mosque in Old City. (Photo | Vinay Madapu, EPS)
According to media reports, due to no clear instruction regarding the standard operating procedure, the city’s two major mosques - Mecca Masjid in Charminar and Shahi Masjid in Public Gardens - where thousands usually throng for prayers were closed after masjid authorities decided the same. In Mecca Masjid, only the mosque staff members offered prayers.
In Jama Masjid, the first congregational mosque in Hyderabad, masjid committee members had a tough time making sure that everyone was maintaining social distance.
Syed Ibrahim, the Shujjaiah of the mosque, said, “Since Mecca Masjid was closed, the number of devotees who came here were more than we had expected. There were around 200 people in the mosque,” he said. He also added that those below the age of 10 and those above 55 were not allowed inside the premises.
According to Census 2011, Muslim constitutes 43.45 % of the total population of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is home to many mosques and dargahs. Many of these mosques were built during the reign of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and the Nizams of Hyderabad.