The Press Release on Guiding Believers on the Spread of Coronavirus

The Press Release on Guiding Believers on the Spread of Coronavirus
2020/03/23

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent

And Ayyub, when he called to his Lord, “Indeed adversity has touched me, and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful.” (21:83)

We are witnessing these days a real crisis in human society as a result of the spreading of the Coronavirus epidemic in many parts of the world, which foretells of a human catastrophe, may Allah protect His servants from its harm. Hence, it is necessary to emphasize a number of important matters:

First: adherence to the instructions and guidance issued by doctors and the relevant health authorities, and prevention of the spread of the infection amongst people by refraining from direct contact and attendance of gatherings in any way, for it is forbidden to do anything that will cause the transmission of the infection and the spreading of this dangerous disease. Second: whoever suspects that he has been infected with the virus, such as those who show some of its symptoms or have been in close proximity to those infected, he should hasten to refer to the medical professionals or health centres in order to diagnose his condition. During the period that one suspects infection, it is necessary that he isolates himself from others, so he does not inadvertently infect anyone else.

Third: being infected with the virus is not an embarrassing defect that should be hidden, but a trial for which a believer will be rewarded if he remains patient. The quicker he declares his infection, the easier his treatment and healing will be. Indeed, it has been narrated from the Infallibles (peace be upon them) their emphasis on medical treatment when the body is not able to defeat the disease.

Fourth: we wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to all the people working to fight this dangerous epidemic: the sincere officials, the doctors, nurses and their assistants, who are exerting all efforts in treating the infected, seeking to alleviate their suffering. They should know that this work of theirs is from that which gets them closer to God, and for them there is a great reward from Him.

Fifth: we call upon the citizens of those countries which have been afflicted with this dangerous epidemic to work together, collaborate and share responsibilities, each person in respect to his field of expertise. The pharmacists and those who stock supplies should ensure the provision and preparation of medicine and medical equipment at the lowest possible price, and the traders and retailers of food supplies and basic needs should not raise prices to the detriment of people.

It is natural in these circumstances that the neediness and dependency of people will increase, as many workers are no longer working and their sources of sustenance have been cut off, so those responsible should take care of them and maintain them. There is hope that the good amongst people act charitably in these difficult times, as it is one of the greatest acts of charity. Allah Almighty has said, “And say, do act, and God will see your deed, as will His Messenger and the believers.” (9:105)

In conclusion, we turn to Allah Almighty and to His most beloved creation, Muhammad and his holy progeny, the purified, that He helps us all to do what pleases Him and to refrain from what brings His wrath, and that He removes this epidemic from the lands, with the blessings that comes with the presence of the Imam al-Mahdi (peace be upon him), and that He bequeaths to the infected a quick recovery and well-being, for He is the sanctuary in all important affairs, the remover of pain and suffering, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy, and He is the Guardian of the believers. He suffices us, and He is the best Trustee.

Day Questions

I wanted to ask your viewpoint of Islamic unity with Sunni?

There is no doubt that Islam is one religion that was revealed by Almighty Allah to the Seal of Prophets (peace be upon him and his progeny). He suffered much pain and harm in order to deliver the message of Islam to the nation. He directed his nation towards the right direction after his death when he ordered them to guard the teachings of the Quran and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). He guaranteed that if both were adhered to, they will never be misguided. Part of the nation of Islam abandoned the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and the differences between the nation became a reality. We, as followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) should act upon their teachings and uphold their directions to the right path, while dealing with the rest of the Muslims with good manners and etiquettes, or cause hatred against them, since we all believe in Almighty Allah and His Messenger and the common religious obligations, in order to preserve the general entity of Islam. The teachings of the Imams (peace be upon them) emphasize this in various ways.

Can I perform wudhu for prayers by immersing the parts of wudhu in water, like in ghusl?

It is not necessary to use the hands in washing the face and arms during wudhu. It is valid to wash them by placing them under the tap directly, such that they are washed from the top downwards. It is also a condition of the wudhu to wipe the head and the feet with the dampness on the hand that originates from the wudhu process only, and not to allow the hand to become wet from other than that before wiping.In light of the above, before one proceeds to wiping the head and feet, one should ensure that a part of the left arm is unwashed before using the right hand to wash the left arm, in order for the right hand to have only the water of wudhu on it. Otherwise, the water on the right hand might be extra water and wiping with it will invalidate the wudhu.

The differentiation in social class between Sayyids and non-Sayyids – for example, the Sayyid scholars wear black turbans and non-Sayyids wear white turbans, and that Sayyids cannot take sadaqa (charity) from non-Sayyids – is this not a non-Islamic class system with social discrimination, where one’s lineage decides what class he is in? How can this be justified?

Wearing the white turban is to show that the person wearing it is not a descendant of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny). Likewise, wearing the black turban is to show that the person wearing it is his descendant. There is no social discrimination in this. However, one can understand from some Sharia rulings the merits of being related to the Prophet, such as the impermissibility of the Sayyids to take charity from non-Sayyids, and the like. As such, it is good to respect the Sayyids due to their genealogical relationship to the Prophet and his Ahlulbait. This, again, is not social discrimination, as it is only in order to strengthen the respect of the Prophet in the hearts of the believers. So, just as it is recommended to recite the Salawat on the Prophet whenever his name is mentioned, it is also recommended to respect and venerate his offspring. In doing so, the Great Prophet and his Ahlulbait (peace be upon them all) will remain respected and revered in the hearts of the believers. Having said this, it does not mean that whoever is related to the Prophet will not have his deeds accounted for; rather, this increases his responsibility in abiding to good deeds and the truth as well as avoiding sins.

Is it permissible to wear leather jackets during prayers?

If the leather was from an animal that was not slaughtered in accordance with the Sharia, then wearing it during the prayer invalidates it.