In a letter, Mahmood urged the rector of the Islamic university to ask people to offer prayers in their home.
"I am sending this mail to appeal to the Ulama and Muftis of Dar-ul-Uloom to guide the community in this hour of crisis created by corona pandemic by issuing a fatwa for the closure of all mosques throughout the country for the time being," he said.
India is currently under the biggest lockdown with around 1.3 billion people asked to stay home in view of the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed 19 lives and infected over 900 people in the country.
The government and medical professionals have urged people to avoid mass gatherings and maintain social distancing. PTI UZM DPB