Using the Ahaadith to prove Covid-19 safety measures

Q: People are always sharing this message on the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) regarding COVID-19. Please advise.

1. QUARANTINE is a Prophetic advice. “Run away from the leper (the one with contagious ailment) as you would run away from a lion.” (Bukhari Volume 7, Book 71, Number 608)

2. SOCIAL DISTANCING is a Prophetic command. "Those with contagious diseases should be kept away from those who are healthy." Bukhaari (6771) and Muslim (2221)

3. TRAVEL BAN is a Prophetic teaching. "Do not enter a land where the plague (contagious ailment) has broken out; don’t leave from where it has broken out” Bukhaari (5739) and Muslim (2219)

4. DON'T HARM OTHERS if you have symptoms. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Do not cause harm or return harm.” Sunan Ibn Mājah (2340)

5. STAYING HOME is a Prophetic teaching. “Those who stay at home to protect themselves and others are under the protection of Allah.” Musnad Ahmed, Saheeh

6. If necessary, HOUSE IS A MASJID. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “The entire earth has been made a Masjid, except graveyards and washrooms.” Tirmidhi (al-Salaah, 291)

7. THERE'S CURE; patience is the virtue. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said “There is no disease that Allah sent without sending for it a cure.” Bukhari (Volume 7, Book 71, Number 582)

8) Let’s TREAT; ALLAH WILL CURE. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Every disease has a cure. If a cure is applied to the disease, it is relieved by the permission of Allah.” Muslim (2204)

9. FACE MASKING is a Prophetic teaching. Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) while sneezing, would cover his face with his hand or with his garment,” Abu Dawud; Tirmidhi (Book 43, Hadith 2969), Saheeh

10. WASH HANDS every time you enter home. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith.” Muslim (223)

11. HOME QUARANTINE is a Prophetic advice. “The plague (contagion) patient who remains in his home with patience and expectation of reward, knowing that nothing will befall him other than Allah’s decree will attain the reward or a martyr.” Musnad Aḥmad, Saheeh also Bukhaari (2829) and Muslim (1914)

A: We have seen some of the ahaadeeth that have been quoted and it seems that they are being quoted out of context and misconstrued. Really, the science of hadeeth is not based on speculation and random expressions. It is a deep science, and until and unless one has not understood it very well and does not have a good level of taqwa he is not left with the right reasoning and temperament. Then what he will be writing will most of the time be drivel and incorrect. This was the reason why Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) expressed his concerns regarding the time when knowledge of deen will become available to all and sundry, and every person will begin to interpret it according to his own rationale and thinking.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن ابن عباس قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من قال في القرآن بغير علم فليتبوأ مقعده من النار (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2950، و قال هذا حديث حسن)

عن أنس رضي الله عنه قال: لأحدثنكم حديثا سمعته من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم لا يحدثكم به أحد غيري سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إن من أشراط الساعة أن يرفع العلم ويكثر الجهل ويكثر الزنا ويكثر شرب الخمر ويقل الرجال ويكثر النساء حتى يكون لخمسين امرأة القيم الواحد. (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 5231)

يوشك العلم أن يرفع قالها ثلاثا قال زيد بن لبيد: وكيف يرفع العلم منا وهذا كتاب الله بين أظهرنا قد قرأناه ويقرئه أبناؤنا أبناءهم! فقال: ثكلتك أمك يا زيد بن لبيد! إن كنت لأعدك من فقهاء أهل المدينة! أو ليس هؤلاء اليهود والنصارى عندهم التوراة والإنجيل فما أغنى عنهم! إن الله ليس يذهب بالعلم برفع ولكن يذهب بحملته لا قل ما قبض الله عالما من هذه الأمة إلا كان ثغرة في الإسلام لا تسد بمثله إلى يوم القيامة (كنز العمال، الرقم: 38524)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)