HYDERABAD: Rotational shifts in MNC’s have had made undertaking Taraweeh prayers burdensome for MNC professionals. To resolve this issue a masjid in the Old City has come to help them.
‘Masjid-e-Noor’ in Hafez Baba Nagar has designed a unique Taraweeh programme for those who are not permitted to be a part of the Taraweeh congregation every night. The masjid can accompany 70 people at the most.
Abdul Hadi and Mohammed Abdul Mateen, who played the key roles in organizing this programme said that the initiative is a result of conversations they had with their friends and acquaintances who work in the IT and ITeS sector.
“They told us that they want to attend Taraweeh prayers but were unable to do so because of night shifts. Either that, or the fact that there are no masjids close to their offices. We thought that we could do something for them. This resulted in the Weekend Taraweeh Programme,” said Mohammed Abdul Mateen.
Instead of having daily prayers, the Taraweeh namaz is being organised on weekends – Saturdays and Sundays – in the month of Ramzan.
“Usually, those working in the Hitec City have Saturdays and Sundays off. We thought that this is the best way to go about organising the programme,” said Mateen.
Congregants include residents of the Old City as well as those living in other parts of town. “We have people coming various parts of the Old City such as Saidabad, Falaknuma and Hafez Baba Nagar but also from neighbourhoods such as Toli Chowki,” Mateen said.