Does Islam allow to pray together with distance because of the coronavirus?
- Currently, because of the coronavirus, there is a government mandate to perform the prayer in the mosques whereby the prayer should be performed whilst necessarily wearing a face mask. In the current situation, is it then Islamic permitted to perform the prayer whilst wearing the face mask? [CLICK HERE TO READ THE ANSWER]
- It is a government order to pray in the absence of people in the mosque and that by distance as well. It means that there should be space between two people in one row. So, the question is then asked whether or not it is permitted to pray with such a gap given the aspect of the current situation?
- One of the precautionary measures to prevent the coronavirus is a liquid sanitiser that has been governmentally ordered to spray in the mosque. Can it then be sprayed in the mosque? [CLICK HERE TO READ THE ANSWER]
Questioner: Hazrat Mawlana Sayyid Arshad Iqbal Misbahi
Imam and Khatib of Anwar Khalid Shah Masjid, South Africa
(2) Leaving a gap in the row is sinfully disapproving [makruh tahrimi] and is contrary to the prophetic tradition. It is narrated by Hazrat ‘Abdullah b. Umar (Allah be pleased with them), the noble Prophet, upon whom be peace, said,
Leaving a gap in the row whilst in the state of prayer is sinfully disapproving [makruh tahrimi] and contrary to the prophetic tradition. But if there really is such enforcement by the government where there is no salvation in the aspect of the current situation, then it is permitted to have a gap limited to the excuse. Although, leaving a gap in the row based upon the idea of merely an infectious disease is severely forbidden, makruh tahrimi, and against the prophetic tradition.
“Necessity is only when repulsion is not possible. If it is possible to repel, then that need does not persist.”
This is what I have, and the knowledge is with Allah Almighty.
Mufti Muhammad Zulfaqar Khan Naimi Kakralwi
Nuri Dar al-Ifta, Madina Masjid Ali Khan Kashipur, Uttarakhand
8-Shawwal-1441 || 31-May-2020