Muslim American Society (MAS) strongly urges the Muslim community to take precautions, including suspending daily congregational prayers, Sunday school, Juma prayers and other gatherings in your communities and mosques temporarily. This is based upon lengthy consultations with Islamic scholars and Muslim medical professionals.
Protecting human life is the first fundamental objective of the Islamic Shariah. This objective (maqsad) takes precedence over all other rules of Islam. Preserving human life is even more important than the continuity of ibadah.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) taught us to deal with epidemics through quarantine, travel restrictions and medication. Preserving human life is an established reason in Islam to temporarily suspend ritual ibadah.
MAS National Executive Director Ayman Hammous said: “as agents of change, we have a mission to advocate for the well-being, physical and spiritual, of our society. This means activism and calling to God, but it also means being at the forefront of preserving the life, safety, and wellbeing of our community.”
CURRENT GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC EVENTS
(Effective March 12, 2020)
Six Foot Distance Rule:
3. Seriousness of the Situation
For the sake of protecting the Muslim community, we take the Coronavirus concerns very seriously.
We urge the Muslim community to also take these concerns seriously and to follow the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
To help our community, we are issuing the following guidelines:
We urge the Muslim community to follow these guidelines for the safety and security of the entire community.
For additional resources please visit: https://www.health.state.mn.us/index.html#Coronavirus
Or call the MN Department of Health Coronavirus hotline Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
4. Basic Coronavirus Information
How severe is the Coronavirus?
How is Coronavirus spread?
According to the CDC, the Coronavirus is spread:
More information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/Coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html
5. Who Should Stay At Home
As Muslims it is our duty to minimize harm and seek the greater good.
أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم قَالَ” لَا ضَرَرَ وَلَا ضِرَارَ“.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Do not harm others. And do not reciprocate harm you receive.” (Ibn Majah)
Preventing others from getting sick, especially the elderly, far exceeds the benefit of attending congregational and juma prayers. Allah will reward you for protecting the Muslims.
Please stay home if you meet ANY of the following:
6. Guidelines for Greetings
7. Guidelines for Cleanliness
8. Dua (Supplications)
As Muslims we rely upon Allah and turn to Allah for protection.
بسم الله الذي لا يضر مع اسمه شيء في الأرض ولا في السماء وهو السميع العليم
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) taught us to recite this dua three times every morning and evening: “I seek protection in the Name of Allah against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All- Knowing” (Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi)
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) taught us to recite this dua to seek protection: “I seek protection in the Perfect Word of Allah from the harm of what He has created.” (Muslim)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to personally recite this dua: “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and harmful diseases.” (Abu Dawud)
أَسْأَلُ اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ رَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ أَنْ يَشْفِيَكَ
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) taught us to recite this dua for anyone who becomes sick: “I ask Allah the Magnificent, Lord of the Magnificent Throne to cure you” (Tirmidhi)
9. Advice from Quran & Sunnah
DON’T PANIC. TRUST IN ALLAH
As Muslims, we trust Allah and are sure that nothing happens except by the decree of Allah. And we are confident that if harm falls upon us, then Allah has decreed something good for us through it.
وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ
“And whoever places his reliance upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” (Quran 65:3)
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “ Wonderful is the situation of the believer. There is good in every situation and this is not the case with anyone else except the believer. If he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks God and this is good for him, and if he is harmed he is patient and this is good for him.” (Muslim)
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; and if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.” (Bukhari)
DON’T PANIC. TRUST IN ALLAH
10. Sharing False Information
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ
O believers, if a wrongdoer brings information to you, investigate it, so you don’t harm people out of ignorance and regret your actions. (Quran 49:6)
“Know that a man who relates everything he hears is not safe, and he can never be an Imam, as long as he narrates everything he hears”. (Muslim)
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “It is enough falsehood for a man to relate everything he hears.” (Abu Dawud)
During times of crisis, people tend to panic. Bad people circulate false information to generate panic. If the story is too amazing, it is probably a false story.