When the nation heaved a sigh of relief that the Corona outbreak is in complete control, Markaz Nizamuddin congregation came as a jolt to the government with the increasing number of cases. In the wake of the pandemic, the religious heads have been receiving criticism over organising an event with almost 3,000 attendees. Over which, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday stood up in defence of thousands of people who attended the event.
Urging the nation to stop communalising the Markaz Nizamuddin incident, Owaisi termed those who die due to an epidemic as martyrs. He also urged that the last rites of such people must be performed immediately. “Those who die as a result of COVID19 are martyrs. Burial of martyrs does not require kafan (shroud) or ghusl (cleansing). One must immediately offer janazah and carry out the burial with a few people,” read the tweet posted through the AIMIM’s official handle.
This statement came in the wake of the health ministry issuing guidelines regarding the last rites of people who died due to coronavirus. On this note, the AIMIM chief also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to clap and clang thaalis in a bid to express gratitude to health workers on the day of Janata curfew. Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 1,965 on Thursday after 131 people tested positive in the last 12 hours.