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Is it allowed in islam to leave jummah prayer in fear of coronavirus spread?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

If it is feared that the virus might spread then it is better to leave the Jummah prayer. And we have learnt from the news that are coming from the Muslim countries, that Jummah prayer has been temporally banned to avoid human loss and to prevent further spread of it.

Some people argue that we cannot leave the Jummah prayer in fear of coronavirus, as it is Allah in control of everything. I would suggest them to consult a doctor and learn what the coronavirus is. The governments round the world are advising their people to avoid social contact, as this virus spreads mainly through the social contact. Now imagine if we hold the Jummah prayer and there are some coronavirus infected persons in the Masjid, what would happen, who will be putting the lives of believers on stack. We have to think rationally and prevent the Ummah from any loss.

We have news coming from the Malaysia that the most of the cases happened in the Masjids. So we have to ponder on it, as it is whole Ummah on stack. We cannot be arrogant in this matter. We have the example of Iran, we can not do the same blunder. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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