Thousands of worshippers gathered at the historic Makkah Masjid and also in several other Mosques in the Greater Hyderabad region to offer prayer on the first Friday of Ramzan. The spiking cases of Covid did not deter the devotion among the devotees. Even though it was told that no one was allowed inside without wearing a face mask, few are seen without them as well.
In fact, most of them have brought their own mats. Importantly, several precautionary measures were taken in the Mosques and efforts were also made to maintain social distance. Apart from delivering sermons, the Imams and Khatibs also stressed the need to follow Covid-19 protocols. Hafiz and Qari Mohammed Rizwan Qureshi led the prayers at Makkah Masjid.
On the other hand, there is a complaint about the cleanliness near the Mosques. It is said that the Municipal body used to clean the surroundings of the Mosques every year. 'This year no such drive has taken place. The debris that piled up on the roads and near the Mosques is a clear laxity on the civic body's part.' stated Mohammed Iqbal who attended the prayer.