Q&A: THE COVID-19 – CORONA VIRUS & OTHER PLAGUES
SANITIZERS, COFFINS, CREMATION, MUSAAFAHAH AND CLOSING THE MASAAJID
Allah Ta’ala states: “Ask the people of Thikr (Knowledge) if you do not know.” (Qur’aan)
Q. Are sanitizers which contain alcohol permissible?
A. The Fatwa of the Shariah is that all alcohols are Haraam and impure. Thus, sanitizers containing alcohol, are impermissible to use.
Q. Is it permissible to bury any person who passed away due to Covid-19 in a coffin?
A. It is not permissible. The Sunnah suffices for us. People die with so many other
sicknesses. There is simply no valid Shar’i reason for burying in coffins.
Q. What about cremating a person who passed away due to Corona?
A. The wicked act of cremating is unquestionably Haraam.
Q. Should we continue making Musaafahah?
A. Yes, of course! Continue shaking hands with your Muslim brother. Musaafahah is Sunnat. Do not leave out a Sunnat for fear of phantoms.
Q. Is it permissible to close the Masaajid when a plague breaks out? Some people
are arguing that Musallis should not attend the Masaajid for the protection of
people’s lives. They say that ‘preservation of life’ is amongst the objectives of the
Shariah. Is their line of argumentation correct?
A. No! Their line of argumentation is heavily flawed. Firstly, before hallucinating
about the ‘objectives of the Shariah’, let the Munaafiqeen, Zindeeqs and Juhala
explain the meaning of the Shariah. The Shariah is the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, and
the primary Maqsad (Objective) of the Shariah is not what these Munaafiqeen and
Zindeeqs believe. The Primary Objective of the Shariah is mentioned with clarity in
the Qur’aan Majeed: “I have not created jinn and man except that they worship Me.”
The best place to attain this primary objective for men is the Masjid and for women
is the darkest corner of her home. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Woman
is Aurah (i.e. an object of concealment). When she emerges (from her home)
shaitaan casts surreptitious glances at her (to ambush her and manipulate her for
fitnah). And undoubtedly the closest she is to Allah Ta`ala is when she is at the
innermost corner of her house. ”
Secondly, preventing any Musalli from the Masjid is severely condemned in the
Shariah. How can such an act of Zulm be perpetrated for fulfilling the inverted
‘preservation of life’ theory of the Zindeeqs? ‘Preservation of life’ in terms of the
Shariah is vastly different from the theories of the Zindeeqs, Munaafiqeen and
Mudhilleen. According to the Munaafiqeen, an act of Zulm is regarded as an act of
virtue. In fact, this is amongst the worst acts of Zulm according to the Qur’aan.
Thirdly, ‘preservation of life’ as an objective of the Shariah is not a licence for the
unbridled adoption of just any method for securing the objective. Closing the
Masaajid will not secure the objective of securing lives. No one will escape Maut
(death). In addition, a Mu’min who passes away due to Covid-19 is a Shaheed,
provided he/she bears it patiently and has hope in the Mercy of Allah Ta`ala.
Fourthly, how are they ‘preserving lives’ by prohibiting Musallis from the Masaajid?
There is no guarantee that a Musalli will even get the virus if he goes to the Masjid.
Plagues took place even in the time of the Sahaabah. But, no Masjid was closed!
Fifthly, Salaat with Jamaat at the Masjid is Waajib. Fear of contracting sickness or
plagues is not a valid reason to abstain from Salaat at the Masjid or for the Kufr act
of closing the Masjid. Thus, in terms of the Law of Allah, the shutting down of the
Masaajid is amongst the greatest forms of oppression.
MAY ALLAH GRANT US ALL THE TAWFEEQ TO PRACTISE ACCORDING TO THE SUNNAH. AAMEEN