Pakistani clerics quarrel as Egypt’s Al-Azhar University announces major fatwa

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Reuters At the request of President Arif Alvi, the Grand Imam Sheikh of Egypt’s Al Azhar University issued a Fatwa permitting the suspension of Friday prayers to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Palestine, Turkey, Syria and various other Muslim majority countries have suspended collective prayers but the Ulema of Pakistan have been unable to unite in fighting this virus and are continuing collective prayers despite efforts by the government to stop them.

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