Q&A: RESPONSE TO SPURIOUS ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

TIE THE CAMEL, CIRCUMSTANCES, FLEE FROM THE LEPER, AND THE SPEAR’S LENGTH HADEETH
Allah Ta’ala states: “Ask the people of Thikr (Knowledge) if you do
not know.” (Qur’aan)

Q. The proponents of social distancing are quoting a Hadeeth in Tirmizi where Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam told a bedouin to tie his camel first and then put his trust in Allah. Based on this Hadeeth, they argue that one has to take precautions. Accordingly, trustees and ‘Imaams’ have published Masjid guidelines. What is the response to their argument?


A. Did any ill people attend the Masjid in the time of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi
Wasallam? Since the above answer is obviously yes, how did the sufoof of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam look like? Were there gaps in the Sufoof? NO! So, why did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam then not ‘tie the camel’ when it comes to social distancing in Salaat? Do these people misinterpreting the Ahaadeeth understand the Ahaadeeth better than the speaker himself? Do they understand the Ahaadeeth better than Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam? Obviously NOT! So, why misconstrue and
twist Ahaadeeth to prove the kufr concepts of ‘social distancing’ in Salaat?
Furthermore, tying the camel will refer in this age to locking your car. It does not apply to the sufoof. All the Covid-19 Masjid regulations are KUFR Rubbish! They are stupidly trying to project themselves as holier and greater than the Sahaabah Radhiayallahu anhum and Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam with their ludicrous socalled guidelines. Plagues took place during the era of the Sahaabah Radhiyallahu anhum; and Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not prevent any Muslim who had
symptoms of illness from the Masjid. All the guidelines and protocols of the Masaajid which are under the control of those ‘wearing masks’, are in rejection of the Fatwa of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam who said: “There is no contagion.”


Q. I approached a senior Molvi in my town who is also sometimes the Imaam and told him that all this social distancing in Salaat is not valid. He responded with one word: ‘circumstances!’ Please do advise?

A. Let him elaborate on circumstances. The senior Molvi of your town is perfidious to say the least. Maybe he does not know the importance of the sufoof, despite being even an Imaam. Despite the circumstances, the Sahaabah stood shoulder to shoulder. Why didn’t plagues and sicknesses inspire Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam to make the Sahaabah stand apart from one another in Salaat?


Q. A person says that according to the Ahaadeeth, we should flee from the leper. He then states that this is even more than social distancing. If one has to flee, then social distancing is a lesser concept than fleeing which should not be condemned?


A. Laughable indeed! If according to his lopsided understanding of the Ahaadeeth, one should flee from people, then he should flee! Why was he still talking to you? He supposed to flee as if he is escaping from a lion.
If the Hadeeth says something, then you must act on it! Don’t come with ‘lesser concepts’ of nonsense here. One cannot speak of Ahaadeeth, and then hypocritically speak of ‘lesser concepts’.
Follow Ahaadeeth according to its correct interpretation as explained and practically demonstrated by Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and the Sahaabah Radhiyallahu anhum. Did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam ban any leper from the Masjid? No! So, especially for those misapplying this Hadeeth to the Corona disease, people with covid-19 may not be banned from the Masjid, let alone even the talk of healthy people. Then, did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam instruct the leper to stand apart from other Musallis in Salaat? NO! Did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam instruct
those without leprosy to stand apart from the leper? NO! This sufficiently debunks the misinterpretation of those quoting the Ahaadeeth.
Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that the advice pertaining to lepers was for people of weak Imaan. One should not give one’s own interpretation to Ahaadeeth. This is dangerous for one’s Imaan. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam ate together with a leper from the same utensil. So, those arguing in favour of social distancing are undoubtedly displaying hypocrisy (Nifaaq). They argue in favour of social distancing, selectively quote Ahaadeeth, misinterpret them, tear them out of context, then interfere with the Sufoof and the Masaajid AND then they say they follow Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Why do they profess feelings they do not have? The Munaafiqeen should say straight: we believe diseases are contagious and we reject what Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said. Nauthu Billah! Why are they zigzagging so much?
Afterall, if one believes in Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam who negated the
contagiousness of diseases, then one will automatically frown and reject all the stupid Covid-19 Masjid guidelines as well as the silly concepts of social distancing – all which reek of Kufr.


Q. Another Hadeeth making its rounds on social media is:
SOCIAL DISTANCING – The Prophet Muhammed Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam
said: “When you speak to someone (who is afflicted with a contagious illness), there should be between you and them a space of the length of a spear (approximately two meters).” [Musnad Imam Ahmed]
Kindly confirm if this Hadeeth is authentic? Is this the correct translation and interpretation of the Hadeeth? Some words are in brackets which is somewhat funny. Your input will be appreciated.


A. Whilst the Hadeeth appears in Musnad Ahmed which may not be rejected, it should be remembered that it is not permissible for the Muqallideen to refer to Ahaadeeth for Masaail. This was the function solely of the Mujtahideen. Only a Mujtahid may refer directly to the Qur’aan and Hadeeth for Masaail – not Muqallideen like us. By referring directly to Ahaadeeth, we will make blunders and remember that misinterpreting what Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, is undoubtedly Kufr. Thus, it is incumbent that we refer to the Fuqaha. Even the Ulama have to incumbently refer to the Fuqaha. Let us not refer directly to Qur’aan and Ahaadeeth like the wayward Salafis! No wonder the Salafis (antiTaqleed morons) are so deviated, insulting great Ulama such as the Four Imaams of
Fiqh, and not realizing that they are plodding the path of Baatil and Kufr!

The Hadeeth under discussion has been selectively translated and misinterpreted. The words in brackets (who is afflicted with a contagious illness) are not the words of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, but are the kufr interpretations of the dishonest translator whoever he or she maybe.
The full Hadeeth is as follows. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Do not look constantly (i.e. stare) at the Majzoomeen (lepers). And when you speak to them, then there should be between you and them, the distance of a spear.”
The first thing is that the translator conveniently omitted the first part of the Hadeeth and added his own interpretation in brackets for obvious reasons.
Secondly, the Hadeeth refers to lepers. It is misleading to infer that the Hadeeth refers to someone ‘who is afflicted with a contagious illness’ because Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘There is no contagion.’ The Hadeeth does not speak about any other illness besides leprosy. When Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam negated the contagiousness of diseases/illnesses, then it is obvious that this Hadeeth does not refer to Covid-19.
Thirdly, why should one not look at the majzoomeen despite the fact that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘There is no contagion.’? This is because when a leper sees a healthy person, his calamity increases, he feels despondent and his grief increases. Thus, the person should flee from a leper, don’t stare at him and stay a distance of a spear away from him. These commands were for those of weak Imaan so that their beliefs remain correct. A person with strong Imaan and correct Tawakkul is capable of warding off from himself the false beliefs of contagion which the people of Jaahiliyyah held that one person is the cause of the next person’s illness.
Fourthly, the distance of a spear relates to speaking – not Salaat. In Salaat, the lepers, etc. stood shoulder to shoulder with the rest. There was no social distancing in Salaat.
Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam practically refuted the Kufr idea of disease being contagious, by eating together with a leper from the same bowl.
And most importantly, health and illness are in the Hands of Allah. Diseases do not operate on their own. Diseases are under the Divine Control of Allah Ta’ala. All such Ahaadeeth which the protagonists of social distancing have cited, were to refute corrupt beliefs. ‘Social contact’ does not transmit diseases. This is the Islamic concept stated with clarity by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. When Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: ‘Laa adwaa’, a Bedouin said: “O Rasulullah! My camels in the desert are (healthy) like wild bucks. When a camel with scurvy mingles with them, they all get scurvy.” The mushrikeen held the same belief as the atheists of today regarding diseases being contagious. In refutation of this corrupt belief, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam asked the Bedouin: “Who infected the first camel?” That Being who gave the disease to the very first camel, is the One Who gives the disease to the others.
While Allah Ta’ala directly caused the disease to infect the first one, He uses this one as the worldly vehicle to transmit the disease to all those whom He has earmarked. Without Allah’s command, the disease will not befall those who have not been destined to contract it. Thus, all the measures of Shaytaan being adopted are in vain. The progress of the virus will not be thwarted. It will take in its grasp and stride everyone whom Allah Azza Wa Jal has targeted. Finally, the Zindeeqs are arguing in favour of social distancing between healthy people whereas Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not advocate healthy people staying apart from one another due to others having illnesses. The Hadeeth has no relevance to social distancing and healthy people standing a spear’s length or two
meters apart from one another. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam did not state that people should be apart from one another for the fear of contracting a disease. The Zindeeqs should not quote Ahaadeeth just as they feel like, since Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Whoever attributes a lie to me intentionally, should prepare his
abode in the Fire.”


MAY ALLAH GRANT US ALL THE TAWFEEQ TO PRACTISE ACCORDING TO THE SUNNAH. AAMEEN

Was Salaam

Jamiatul Ulama Northern Cape

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