The Jama Masjib may be closed again following the steady spike of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, said the mosque’s Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari on June 10.
The announcement comes soon after the Shahi Imam’s secretary Amanullah died due to COVID-19 infection at Safdarjung Hospital on June 9.
Delhi has reported 1,366 new COVID-19 cases taking the total tally to 31,309 while the number of reported deaths have touched 905, as per reports on the official website of Ministry of health family welfare.
“He (Amanullah) had tested positive and was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital on June 3, where he breathed his last yesterday,” said Bukhari.
Shahi Imam said that he has asked for the opinion of the people on the closing down of historic mosque due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Delhi.
“People are giving their views through social media and other channels on closing the Jama Masjid. We may again shut it down for people and limit ‘namaz’ for a few people, in a day or two,” he added.
The mosque had recently opened on June 8 when the Centre had announced the reopening of all religious places during the first phase of “Unlock-1”.