Following the announcement by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that all places of worship will reopen from October 7, there has been a demand for “halal” certified disinfectants in the Muslim community.
Leaving no stone unturned to follow Covid security protocols, some mosques, kabrastans and dargahs Mahim and Haji Ali have imported “halal” disinfectants from Turkey, sourcing alcohol-free disinfectants for use by visitors to these places. of worship.
Suhail Khandwani, Managing Director, Pir Makhdum Saheb Charitable Trust (Mahim Dargah) and Administrator, Haji Ali Dargah Trust, told FPJ: “We are preparing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) because the government of Maharashtra has already given us a date – October 7 – to open all places of religious worship. Covid is not only a medical problem, but it is also a psychological problem, where people have to turn to places of faith. “
The dargahs Mahim and Haji Ali have both formed teams of volunteers who will ensure the “halal” disinfection of the faithful.
“There is a company in Turkey that supplies us with halal disinfectants, because the consumption of alcohol in a place of worship is prohibited in Islam. This disinfectant contains silver. Khandwani said Muslims traveling to the Gulf even get alcohol-free perfumes.
“We are on a religious platform where we are prohibited from alcohol, so we bought it in Western Europe. We have partnered with this company and it is proven to be more effective than alcohol based sanitizers, ”Khandwani said.
Riyaz Sayed, Managing Director of Silperox, said: “This disinfectant is made in Turkey with two components, mainly hydrogen peroxide and colloidal silver. It is a nanotechnology patented in Turkey and also halal certified by Saudi Arabia. It does not contain any alcohol and we have performed actual testing of the liquid at the NSCI Worli Dome Covid Center under the supervision of their doctors. “
Sayed said the tests were carried out in the most contaminated intensive care area of the NSCI Dome and swabs were sent to different centers. “In less than a minute, it proved the effectiveness of the disinfectant, as it killed the Covid virus,” he said.
Because it is halal certified, there is a high demand from a certain part of the community but at the same time there is a huge consumption in Russia, Germany and Great Britain, which are the biggest importers. of the product. The disinfectant also has other uses.
“The Muslim community and many hotel companies are our customers. With other alcohol-based hand sanitizers, hands dry out from overuse, furniture gets stained over time or rusted. This halal disinfectant is certified by international laboratories as not causing deterioration. It leaves no toxic residue on the devices, no contraindication for the patient, no contact dermatitis or respiratory distress has been observed, ”said Sayed.
Silperox will be supplied to the two dargahs, Mahim Kabrastan, Bada Kabrastan, Wadala Masjid and a few other mosques in Mumbai.
“Visitors to any religious or denominational place, not just mosques, should avoid alcohol-based disinfectants,” Sayed said.
Sayed reiterated that there is no firm view in Islam that alcohol cannot be used medicinally, but it is a huge component of 70% disinfectants; furthermore, there is an alternative which serves the purpose more effectively.
Khandwani also informed that Mahim dargah was ISO certified in 2007 and that he has his own SOPs on preventing contamination and keeping the area virus free.
“Social distancing will also be observed and only 30 people will be allowed inside the dargahs at a time, instead of 150,” Khandwani said.
Posted on: Tuesday September 28, 2021 11:12 PM IST