SILCHAR, March 28 - Realising the seriousness of the situation, when people in large numbers have been affected by COVID-19, Muslims in Barak Valley responded to the appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the nationwide lockdown as they offered namaz in their homes during jumma on Friday.
In Silchar, unlike normal times when people throng the Baro Masjid to offer jumma namaz, only three persons were seen performing prayers.
Ibrahim Ali from Katigorah said he has never seen such a situation when people have remained home on the day of jumma namaz. However, he was quick to say that �in certain extraordinary situations such as these, there are mentions in the Quran and Hadis. I have haunting experiences of an outbreak of cholera. But the magnitude of coronavirus is surely larger and grave.� He said people must stay indoors and keep praying for the tough phase to get over.
In other places, announcements were made asking people not to come out of their homes and instead perform namaz in their own residences.
Meanwhile, the gates of Kanchakanti temple at Udharbondh were also closed as the authorities appealed to the devotees to stay home.