The Press Release on Guiding Believers on the Spread of Coronavirus

The Press Release on Guiding Believers on the Spread of Coronavirus
2020/03/23

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent

And Ayyub, when he called to his Lord, “Indeed adversity has touched me, and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful.” (21:83)

We are witnessing these days a real crisis in human society as a result of the spreading of the Coronavirus epidemic in many parts of the world, which foretells of a human catastrophe, may Allah protect His servants from its harm. Hence, it is necessary to emphasize a number of important matters:

First: adherence to the instructions and guidance issued by doctors and the relevant health authorities, and prevention of the spread of the infection amongst people by refraining from direct contact and attendance of gatherings in any way, for it is forbidden to do anything that will cause the transmission of the infection and the spreading of this dangerous disease. Second: whoever suspects that he has been infected with the virus, such as those who show some of its symptoms or have been in close proximity to those infected, he should hasten to refer to the medical professionals or health centres in order to diagnose his condition. During the period that one suspects infection, it is necessary that he isolates himself from others, so he does not inadvertently infect anyone else.

Third: being infected with the virus is not an embarrassing defect that should be hidden, but a trial for which a believer will be rewarded if he remains patient. The quicker he declares his infection, the easier his treatment and healing will be. Indeed, it has been narrated from the Infallibles (peace be upon them) their emphasis on medical treatment when the body is not able to defeat the disease.

Fourth: we wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to all the people working to fight this dangerous epidemic: the sincere officials, the doctors, nurses and their assistants, who are exerting all efforts in treating the infected, seeking to alleviate their suffering. They should know that this work of theirs is from that which gets them closer to God, and for them there is a great reward from Him.

Fifth: we call upon the citizens of those countries which have been afflicted with this dangerous epidemic to work together, collaborate and share responsibilities, each person in respect to his field of expertise. The pharmacists and those who stock supplies should ensure the provision and preparation of medicine and medical equipment at the lowest possible price, and the traders and retailers of food supplies and basic needs should not raise prices to the detriment of people.

It is natural in these circumstances that the neediness and dependency of people will increase, as many workers are no longer working and their sources of sustenance have been cut off, so those responsible should take care of them and maintain them. There is hope that the good amongst people act charitably in these difficult times, as it is one of the greatest acts of charity. Allah Almighty has said, “And say, do act, and God will see your deed, as will His Messenger and the believers.” (9:105)

In conclusion, we turn to Allah Almighty and to His most beloved creation, Muhammad and his holy progeny, the purified, that He helps us all to do what pleases Him and to refrain from what brings His wrath, and that He removes this epidemic from the lands, with the blessings that comes with the presence of the Imam al-Mahdi (peace be upon him), and that He bequeaths to the infected a quick recovery and well-being, for He is the sanctuary in all important affairs, the remover of pain and suffering, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy, and He is the Guardian of the believers. He suffices us, and He is the best Trustee.

Day Questions

Participants in some mourning ceremonies shed blood. Is it recommended to do so?

Religious rituals that Shias perform to mourn the tragedies of the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and to present the oppressions that they suffered are recommended. However, it is obligatory to avoid what causes harm to the soul or the body. If it does not result in harm, it remains being recommended. One should avoid performing them in a place where the reputation of the Shias is damaged.

If a female intends marriage with an individual who is suitable based on Islamic criteria of what is preferable in a spouse, and her father denies her permission to marry this individual for his own reasons, will her marriage to this person be void or valid?

Almighty Allah has made the marriage of the virgin dependent on her consent and the consent of her father in such a way that the validity of the marriage contract depends on both. Allah knows the real reason behind such legislation, but we understand clearly that the father has more experience in determining what benefits the girl, so he is more suitable than her in making that decision. The father must fulfil what has been entrusted to him by Almighty Allah by considering the welfare of his daughter as well as her natural need for marriage. If he prevents his daughter from marrying the right person, as per the general rational standards, then his consent is no longer required.

Is it permissible to pray in a moving truck, airplane, train or boat?

With the fear of not being able to offer the prayer in the designated time in a place that is stationary, one can offer it in such moving means of transportation while observing the rules of Qiblah. Otherwise, offering the prayers this way is not sufficient.

I know that when a person receives income then he has to pay one-fifth of it after expenses for the year. However, if I receive a weekly salary and I pay the khums from it every week, have I paid the obligatory khums for the year?

If one pays khums every week from his weekly salary, then he does not have to pay khums at end of the khums year. If he did not do so, as he is permitted to delay the payment of khums until the end of the khums year, then he can pay the khums from the remainder of his earnings after the payment of the yearly expenses.