The real essence of India is how the multiple cultures co-exist peacefully here. On 2nd March the festival of colors is going to be celebrated, and on the same day, the Friday Namaz also has to take place. The leads of the Muslim community have come forward with an order of shifting the Friday prayers timings at two biggest mosques in Lucknow, making it past 1:00 PM, for avoiding any kind of irregularities in the commencement of the two.
On Friday a lot of people gather at the major mosques to offer the ‘Jumme Ki Namaz’ and in order to avoid any sort of disturbance in the prayer timings and the celebration of the festival, the Shia, and Sunni clerics in Lucknow have altered timings for Friday prayers. While Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad has extended the namaz timing at Asafi (Bada) Imambara by 30 minutes, Sunni cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli has requested Muslims to shift Jumah timings by half-an-hour this Friday.
A day ago, Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister Yogi Adityanath, while reviewing security for Holi, had asked officials to talk to Muslim clerics to see if namaz timings could be changed to ensure peaceful Holi celebrations. Farangi Mahli, who is also the executive committee member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, on Tuesday urged mosques in mixed population areas to postpone prayer timings until after 1 pm, keeping sentiments of Hindus in mind.
The official permission to play colors is till 12noon but people generally go beyond that time. We thought it will be best if all mosques, especially those in mixed population areas, push their prayer timings by half-an-hour so that both events can be held peacefully,” Farangi Mahli told TOI.
Hindus last year had postponed the Jagannath Yatra passing through Eidgah area by two hours on Bakrid to respect the Muslim festival. The cleric said, “There were changes made in the yatra’s route as well. So, it will be good to respect one another’s religious sentiments.”