Faizel Patel - 22/03/2020
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa says due to the alarming rate of COVID-19 infections in South Africa, it has revised its view of social distancing and calls upon all masaajid in the country to limit the daily salaah to no more than five individuals including the Imam and Muathin.
In a statement, the Jamiat says keeping the Masaajid open to the general public will prove to be catastrophic in the containment of the spread of the coronavirus.
Secretary General Ml Ebrahim Bham says the masjid cannot be allowed to become the epicentres of the spread of the pandemic.
“It is unmistakably clear that in the absence of a medical remedy, the only viable solution to containing the pandemic is to maintain social distancing in every sphere of our communal lives. Avoid all unnecessary social interactions, limit going out of your home to only unavoidable circumstances. Suspend all public engagements, visits to restaurants, malls, supermarkets and other areas.”
Ml Bham says they believe that the call is consistent with the divine imperative of obeying Allah and His messenger Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
"Jusa has not taken this decision lightly, we have both a religious and civic duty to ensure that we through our actions become part of the solution rather than the problem.”
At the same time, the national command council dealing with COVID-19 is expected to meet on Sunday to assess the implementation of the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa declared a state of national disaster last Sunday, introducing several regulations to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.