When we vacated our mosques a few months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, for Muslims, it was not just to obey the government but also because the directive agreed with the prescribed measures in our Deen to handle such challenges. The right time to return to the mosques must therefore also not be determined solely by government permission to return. Fundamental questions to first ask must include:
- What has now changed in the cases of infection to justify our return logically, apart from the government permitting us to return? The government may permit it for unspoken reasons. Be wise!
- How well can we observe the mandatory precautionary measures imposed on any mosque that chooses to reopen (go and read about those).
- If the pandemic persists for too long, will Allah complain and stop accepting prayers said in our houses or stop to reward us for the congregation we used to attend and sincerely desire to attend but can no longer do so due to the pandemic?
On the first question, I know of sceptics who dismiss the pandemic as a myth. I’m not talking to those. Those ones are wired differently from the rest of us.
There are also those who believe it is real but the risk is grossly exaggerated. For this once perhaps, the entire globe has succumbed to the Nigerian factor; otherwise, how do we explain the fact that countries which had relaxed the initial strict measures they had once introduced to flatten the Covid-19 infection curve, are experiencing a second wave of attack and are on the verge of reintroducing those measures.
There are those whose argument for a return to the mosque will be nothing but sentiments and emotions: the markets are open, the banks are open, the churches are open, why not mosques? Because mosques are different! What takes place in them is different. The people who use them are supposed to think differently too!
Written by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.