ISLAMABAD – On the request of President Dr. Arif Alvi, the Supreme Ulema Council of Al-Azhar College, Egypt, has issued a proper Fatwa (edict) banning congregational and Friday prayers in mosques to stop the unfold of lethal coronavirus within the nation.
“I am thankful to Grand Imam Shaikh of Al Azhar and Supreme Council for responding to my personal request to provide guidance to us with regard to Farz Jamaat & Juma prayers in mosques during coronavirus attack,” the president mentioned in a video message on Wednesday.
In view of the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, President Alvi via Egypt’s ambassador in Pakistan had sought steering from Al- Azhar establishment, an authority on Islamic injunctions, for a phrase on suspension of congregational prayers at mosques amid spike in coronavirus instances.
The fatwa additional states that each one evidences clearly point out that public gatherings, together with congregational prayers, can unfold the coronavirus. Therefore, authorities officers in Muslim nations have the authority to cancel congregational and Friday prayers.
Following the edict, President Arif Alvi has urged all of the spiritual students to take an pressing motion to halt congregational prayers within the nation and curb the unfold of coronavirus in Pakistan. He mentioned the spiritual students ought to act on the premise of rules of Islam from Quran and Sunnah.
“Countries that have stopped congregational prayers: UAE, Saudia, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt,” mentioned President Alvi.
“Government of a country can impose a ban on congregational prayers, including regular and Friday prayers, and halt gatherings across the country,” learn the fatwa.
The Fatwa harassed that public gatherings, together with congregational prayers at mosques, might end in unfold of coronavirus and the governments of Muslim nations had full jurisdiction to cancel such occasions.
The edict says it’s compulsory for Muslims to abide by the well being directions of the state in case of disaster and keep away from following unofficial info and rumours.
“In view of risks to the lives of people, the officials in Muslim countries have full authority to cancel Friday prayers and other congregational prayers,” the edict says.
The Fatwa cites Abu Dawood narrating Ibn Abbas, who recounted that Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) mentioned that concern of illness is an excuse for lacking Juma payers.
Furthermore, Abd Al-Rahman Ibn Auf said that the Prophet (PBUH) forbade these with disagreeable odor to keep away from going to mosques with the intention to defend different trustworthy from disturbance.
The fatwa additionally quoted genuine hadith from the Prophet the place it highlighted the truth that throughout pure calamities Muslims had been directed to wish inside their homes.
“The coronavirus is more dangerous than rain, therefore, a ban can be placed on congregational prayers,” it learn.
In the meantime, in a number of Arab nations, the azaan has been amended and now it urges individuals to wish of their houses.