Amid the tensions between the Hindu and Muslim community in the country, some people are actually looking out for ways to overcome this. Setting one such example of peace and harmony, Muslims in Lucknow have decided to shift their Friday namaz timings according to the Hindu’s playing holi.

The executive committee member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Imam of the Aishbagh Eidgah Maulana Rashid Farangi Mahali, along with Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi, has decided to change the timings of Friday prayers citing Holi festivities.

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Muslim clerics have urged mosques in areas that have a diverse population to postpone their Friday prayers on March 2 taking into consideration the Hindu community’s sentiments.

At one hand Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali has shifted the Friday Prayer timing from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm for Sunnis, the Friday prayers at Asafi Mosque for the Shia community will be held at 1 pm instead of the regular 12:22 pm, said Imam-e-Jumah, Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed Faranagi Mahali told News 18 that the official permission to play colours on Friday is till 12 pm, but generally people play colours a little more than prescribed time. They thought it will be best if all mosques, especially those in mixed population areas, can shift their prayer timings on Friday by just half an hour, in order to avoid any kind of unwanted situation.

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With the festival of Holi falling on Friday, the police and administration are on their toes to keep the celebrations peaceful, especially in the areas which are prone to communal tensions. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, Anant Deo has urged people to keep calm and to follow the path shown by Prophet Mohammad. #KhabarLive

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