Press Release 17/03/2020
Recently declared a pandemic, COVID-19 has gripped the world in fear and hysteria, infecting hundreds of thousands and claiming the death of many. Rather than cause frenzied, irrational behaviour, fuelled by damaging media narratives, such a generational event presents a unique opportunity of spiritual introspection for a believer.
Life is incredibly fragile. This undeniable truth only becomes apparent when misfortune strikes. The onset of the epidemic has caused many to forget that ultimately, life is dependent on Allah ta’ala. He is the One who gives life and causes death, and that none but save Him have the ability to do so:
“Nor shall a soul die except by Allah’s permission, at a decree determined.” [3:145]
And that ultimately, Allah is Al-Shafi- the One Who Cures, a sublime name that inspires us to turn to Him in invocation and reverence, for relief of not only our physical ailments, but those that are from the realm of spiritual:
“And when I am ill, it is He Who cures me.” [26/80]
All that transpires in existence, does so at the decree of Allah:
“Say, ‘Never will happen to us except what Allāh has decreed for us; He is our Protector.’ And upon Allah let the believers place their trust/reliance.” [9:15]
The onset of mass quarantine and self-isolation gives the opportunity to reconnect with Allah in moments of seclusion rarely gifted in today’s world, allowing us to rediscover the Qur’an in preparation for Ramadhan or perform additional acts of worship that have otherwise been largely ignored or serving the creation in a safe manner, reducing risk to the vulnerable in our communities and observing the communal, collective obligation of assisting one another, with affection and compassion.
We heavily advise communities to resort to their local Mosques and established organisations for Islamic advice and rulings pertaining to communal prayer and other issues, and to heed governmental advice regarding social interactions and precautions, all with the aim of reducing and containing the spread of the virus- both of which are ethical and Islamic or shar’i objectives.