Mufti Sayed Haroon Al Azhari (Head of CTIEC Cape Town Ulama Board), Moulana Suliman Ravat (JHB Radio Islam) and Sister Jamia Galant (Claremont Main Road Masjid) shared their views on Voice of The Cape Radio on Tuesday 17 March 2020.
This week was certainly a lifechanging week for South Africans as we heard the president declare that we are now in a national state of disaster following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. In a nutshell, the president has said that there is a partial travel ban, schools are closed for a month, employees are advised to work from home, all major events are cancelled and gatherings of more than 100 people are now prohibited, as part of these social distancing measures.
Of course, this announcement affects every aspect of Muslim life. So with the coronavirus being our new normal, how should we as Muslims adapt?
Some people say its an overreaction, others are saying it’s a necessary precaution. Should masajid close their doors during a time of much needed spiritual upliftment. What is the Shariah perspective? And how practical is this in reality?