CAIRO: Dr. Ahmad Al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, has expressed Al Azhar’s solidarity with the nations and people facing the coronavirus, COVID-19, urging countries to share the responsibility of combating the pandemic.
In a statement, Dr. Al Tayyeb said, I affirm that all health and legislative regulations issued by concerned bodies must be adhered to,” adding that these include regulations related to personal hygiene, social distancing, staying at home, suspension of Friday prayers as well as prayer congregations in mosques while performing them all on time.
“All these are necessities according to Islamic law and disobeying them is equivalent to disobeying Allah’s words,” Al Tayyeb said while quoting a verse from the Holy Quran, “Do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction” (Quran, 2:195).
The Grand Imam addressed the global community, saying, “As you are aware, the world currently lives in a state of terror and fear as a result of the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. “During these difficult times, we as nations, peoples and individuals as well as institutions must shoulder the responsibility towards combating this epidemic to put an end to it,” he affirmed.
Dr. Al Tayyeb also acknowledged the “great sacrifices” made by doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who risk their lives on a daily basis to fight this dangerous outbreak.
At the end of his statement the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar said, “Islamic law urges all those that have the ability to help to do so towards those afflicted, regardless where they live in the world.
The Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) has suspended the holding of daily prayers and the weekly Friday prayers for two-weeks since 21 March, as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.