Islamabad - The Ulema Convention would be held on May 26 for enhancing awareness and evolving consensus for introducing uniform prayer timings in the mosques and offices of the federal capital.

A meeting of uniform prayer timings committee, chaired by Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Wednesday decided to arrange the convention. Several committees have been constituted for making the convention a success.

The meeting reviewed the situation regarding implementation on uniform prayer timings. The meeting decided to write a letter to ministries to ensure implementation of uniform time prayers in their respective departments.

According to information, though the implementation on calendar of uniform timing is voluntary, yet only 30 percent mosques are following it while others are following old timings of prayers.

The convention would be attended by parliamentarians, lawyer forums, Ulema, prayer leaders/assistants of over 957 mosques of federal capital, representatives of employees unions and trade associations.

The Ulema from adjacent Rawalpindi would also be invited to attend the convention.

 The trade associations of 92 markets of Islamabad have assured to attend the convention.

Meanwhile, a consultative meeting of Central Zakat Committee, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, has suggested continuing the central Zakat distribution system till 2018.

The provinces suggested continuing the central Zakat distribution system till 2018 as they do not have effective collective mechanism. The suggestion of provinces would be put forth in the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI).

The consultative meeting was attended by relevant officials of ICT, chief secretaries of four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf stressed evolving an effective Zakat collection and distribution mechanism to alleviate poverty from the country.

Chairing the meeting the minister expressed his dissatisfaction over Zakat distribution systems’ failure to mark any change in the lots of the poor. The minister stressed on the capacity building of the officials involved in distribution and collection of Zakat.