‘Act responsibly. Pray at home. Avoid congregational prayers’, CII requests people

As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens, religious leaders are actively playing their part to educate people as well.

As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens in Pakistan, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has requested the people to avoid congregational prayers on Shab-e-Mairaaj. The decision came in light of the necessity for urgent measures to ensure public safety.

The decision was taken in the best of the interest of the masses and in the light of religious teachings. Islam itself gives clear guidelines on how to deal with a pandemic.

Sanitation and quarantining, or the practice of isolating from others in the hope of preventing the spread of infectious diseases, are the most effective tools to contain the novel coronavirus.

Dealing with a pandemic: In the light of Islam

Over 1,300 years ago Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) suggested this during a pandemic.

Considine said Prophet Mohammad is by no means a “traditional” expert on matters of fatal diseases; he nonetheless had sound advice to prevent the virus.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague outbreaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that area.”

The Prophet also said, “Those with contagious diseases should be kept away from those who are healthy.”

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also strongly encouraged human beings to follow hygienic practices that would keep people safe from the disease.

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