Survey: (Decline in the number of Pakistani men who offer Friday prayers at the mosque: Poll)March 1, 2015
ISLAMABAD: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 68% Pakistani men said they offered last Friday prayers at the mosque; 30% did not. (This poll is part 1 of a 5-part series on Friday sermons).
A nationally representative sample of adult men, from across the four provinces was asked, “Please tell us did you get the chance to offer last Jummah prayer in the mosque or not?” In response to this question, 68% respondents said they offered last Friday’s prayers at the mosque, while 30% did not offer the prayers at the mosque and 2% did not respond.
This question has been asked during previous years as well. In 2012, 86% men said they offered the last Friday prayers at the mosque, while 11% did not and 3% did not respond. The percentage of male respondents who offered Friday prayers at the mosque dropped significantly by 2014. In 2014, 70% men said they offered last Friday’s prayers at the mosque, while 30% did not. This percentage further dropped to 68% in 2015.
The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 838 men in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during January 26 – February 2, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.