Mufti Tariq Masood Explains Why Muslims Should Avoid Mosques & Taraweeh

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The coronavirus pandemic has been in the mix for a while now and the active cases are only increasing. Adhering to this, Muslim nations all over the globe have urged social distancing, including lockdowns.

With Ramadan here, it is up to Muslim nations to enforce the people from stop visiting mosques for prayers and taraweeh. In this regard, almost 80% of mosques in Pakistan have remained open and people have been praying inside them.

One of Pakistan’s most sensible and remarkable clerics, Mufti Tariq Masood has come out with his two cents on the issue. Tariq Masood released a video that would humble people into accepting the status quo.

This is what Mufti Tariq Masood had to say

“If a man is diagnosed with coronavirus and no one is near him, either he will die or either he will get fit. If there is nobody close to him, he will NOT spread the virus. For example, Allah has not decided that the virus will only spread in mosques or only spread elsewhere. If two people establish contact, it doesn’t matter if it inside a mosque or an open field,” he said.

Mufti Tariq Masood further added and emphasized that Allah has not placed a guarantee that the coronavirus will not spread inside mosques. Neither has He said that the mosques are safe from the virus.

He went on to say that it was up to humans to practice social distancing, be it in the mosque or in the market. If people do go out for prayers, stand shoulder to shoulder with each other and if one patient comes in, he can spread the virus in the whole mosque.

Tariq Masood went on to say that the people were obliged to follow the govt’s orders. He said the government had not asked him to say these things, but he is saying so because he has spoken with doctors.

He recalled an incident from the Holy Prophet PBUH’s time where social distancing was practiced as well. An unnamed disease had spread in the time, and it was ordered that Muslims of the early days stayed away from each other.

The Mufti then went on to give an example of how a stick catches fire and spreads it to the other. If another stick is not present next to it, the fire stops. Similar is the case with coronavirus.

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