The General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments confirmed that the decision to close ablution places in mosques aims to spare worshipers great dangers, under the current circumstances, due to the large number of surfaces in which they are touched, which is the reason for the transmission of corona infection between worshipers, stressing the importance of ablution In homes before going to places of worship.
Within the new series of fatwas and guiding messages for the campaign “Our Mosques are Safe”, the commission authorized the use of sterilized prayers that contain alcohol, as the alcohol included in the installation of the sterilizer is legally exempted, given the severity of people’s need for it, stressing the importance of wearing a muzzle when praying in congregation inside the mosque, As a legal duty, as a precautionary measure and a precaution against the spread of the virus.
In detail, the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments, in cooperation with the Emirates Council for Legal Fatwa and the Official Center for Fatwa, continued an awareness campaign to protect mosques and their visitors from any possibility of the transmission of the new Corona virus (Covid-19), by broadcasting a new series of fatwas and advisory messages to The Authority’s official social media platforms, about going to mosques, and how to perform congregational prayers during the period of the pandemic.
The campaign, which bore the slogan “Our mosques are safe”, included a new number of related fatwas, including a fatwa on the permissibility of using sterilizers that contain a large percentage of alcohol, and the extent of their effect on ablution or prayer validity, as the commission confirmed that there is no legal embarrassment for the worshiper in The use of hand sanitizers, as they do not affect the validity of the prayer, even if the sterilizer contains a high percentage of alcohol, because the alcohol included in the sterilizer is legally forgiven, given the severe need of people.
A fatwa on the ruling on wearing a muzzle during congregational prayer in the mosque was included in the campaign to prevent corona virus or other infectious diseases, as the authority stated that it was proven to health authorities the importance of wearing a muzzle when praying in the mosque in the mosque as a preventive and precautionary measure against the spread of the “Coffid” virus -19 », therefore, it is legal to wear a mask, in order to protect the worshiper himself and others from transmission.
And she emphasized that “what the scholars stipulated is that it is makrooh to cover the face in prayer, but if it is without reason or need, and since wearing the muzzle at the present time is necessary to prevent the spread of this pandemic, it is not permissible for the worshiper to tolerate it, because we have finished Sharia from self-harm or harm to others ».
The fatwas also included a fatwa stressing the imperative of adhering to preventive and precautionary measures as a legitimate duty and a national demand that cannot be tolerated nor tolerated, stressing that keeping a Muslim for himself and others is one of the most important purposes of Islamic law, and a Muslim, who knows that God is familiar with him, should see him, and he is with him Everywhere, not to be complacent in these procedures, and to be a good watchdog for himself.
While the most important fatwas broadcast by the commission during the campaign included a fatwa confirming that children of the elderly and those with chronic diseases do not allow them to go to mosques, it is not disobedience, provided that the prohibition is with good manners and reparations.
The fatwas also included the absence of any legitimate embarrassment in the physical distance between the worshipers, and the leaving of distances greater than two meters between the serum and the other, an empty description between each two rows, stressing that the separation at the present time does not affect the validity of the congregational prayer, but rather is a legal duty in this case, In order to maintain the life and health of others.
Among the most prominent new guidance messages for the campaign is the confirmation of Dr. Omar Habtoor Al Darei, a member of the Emirates Council for Legal Fatwa, on the importance of the decision to close ablution places in mosques, and the need for worshipers to perform ablution in homes before going to places of worship, stressing that mosque lights are a great danger to Protecting worshipers, under the current circumstances, due to the large number of surfaces on which they are touched.
Al-Darei said that it is better for Islamic worshipers to perform ablution at home, according to the hadith of the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him, who said: “He who purifies himself in his house and then walks to the homes of God, to perform an obligatory duty of God, his steps were one of which degrades sin and the other raises a degree.”
The case of not going to the mosque
A member of the Emirates Council for Sharia Fatwa, Dr. Omar Habtoor Al-Darei, called for the necessity of the person sticking to his home in case he feels any symptoms of sickness, and the necessity of not going to the mosque, in fulfillment of the saying of the Holy Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him: “A nurse does not report to a sanatorium”, stressing that The imperative to be careful not to harm the soul or others out of the legal rule, “no harm, no harm.”
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