serving and retired IAS, IPS and IFS officers belonging to the Islamic faith
have appealed to the Muslim community to adhere to social distancing norms, and
not give anyone the opportunity to accuse it of spreading Covid-19 in India.
pasted on the gate of a mosque in Lucknow, asking devotees to offer namaaz from
home | Photo: ANI
officers’ appeal comes in the light of the Tablighi Jamaat event at New Delhi’s
Nizamuddin area last month, which has resulted in about one-third of the total
Covid-19 cases in India as on 5 April.
“Of late, a
message is going in the society at large that Muslims, as a group, in India are
not adhering to ‘social distancing’ and other measures to counter the spread of
the pandemic,” the officers have written in their open appeal to Muslims.
videos are in wide circulation showing stone pelting at health workers, and
clash of men from Muslim community with police personnel who were enforcing the
law. In some videos, policemen are being forced to baton-charge the people
hell-bent to go to a mosque for prayer,” the officers state.
In this light,
the officers have urged Muslims to “act responsibly and stand out as examples
for fellow citizens in the fight against coronavirus”.
that the community should ensure its actions do not offer anyone an opportunity
to accuse Muslims for the spread of the epidemic in India.
adhere to the guidance of the public health experts and the orders of the
government, since what is correct must be followed irrespective of whether one
finds support for that or not in religious scriptures,” they state.
officers have invoked Islamic teachings to argue that contracting the virus
through negligence is a “sinful act”, even if you are the only person who gets
and courting danger and disease by one’s rash and negligent act is haram,” the
officers state. “The virus does not remain confined to the body of the person
who invited it to himself through his foolish act. It travels rapidly in the
family and society, and brings indiscriminate deaths to innocents.”
“The Quran says if one kills an innocent human being, it is as if he had killed
all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it is as if he had saved the
life of all mankind.”
they also say that even in the absence of religious scripture, it is imperative
that Muslims respect quarantine norms.
there were no religious sanctions to avoid a plague or remain in quarantine
during a raging epidemic, adopting measures to safeguard oneself from it would
still be the sensible thing to do,” they say.
can pray collectively at the mosques after the pandemic dies out and the normal
life is restored.”
Headline: Muslim IAS-IPS officers’ Covid-19 appeal to community: Don’t give
anyone reason to blame you
Source: The Print