Deserted Mecca!

Kaaba after

Recently Saudi Government; to stem the spread of the coronavirus, stopped the incessantly ongoing activities, of congregational prayers and circumambulation of mecca. It was an unprecedented decision; tough to be rationalized and accepted by ordinary Muslims. The scenario was a painful thing to endure for the Muslims-across the board. The solace and comfort were sought by watching and circulating a video of pigeons circumambulating the mecca overhead instead of human beings on the ground!

A sighful voice gushed from the inner recesses of my heart; “Allah will punish those who forced this desertion and abandonment of House of Allah! InshaAllah”. 

I do not know, how hard or easy this decision was for the Saudi government but sure seems to have been taken in haste without envisaging the ramifications. The Saudi government, with all the resources available, could have found a way without forcing desertion and abandonment of mecca, as well as causing physical and spiritual pain to millions of Muslims there and billions globally.

 Allaah said:

“whosoever enters it, he attains security”       [Q, 3:97]

“And We made the House for people to return to, and  [a place of] security” [Q, 2: 125]

 

Now, the result is that many countries, following the Saudi suit, are deserting and abandoning their local mosques. The worshippers are left hanging high and dry; especially those, for whom the mosque is the only place of comfort and solace to resort to.

On top of it all, it exposed the secular and casual attitude of; always wearing gallantry and self-praise on their sleeves, Muslims towards their religion. I was aghast to see that the Muslims; who are never tired of boasting to sacrifice their lives for the religion of Allah, simply abandoned His house, for fear of being infected with a virus whereby the death possibility is minimal. 

What happened to Momin’s farsightednesstaqwa and tawakkul?

It is sure an occasion; for those who always wanted to see Muslims defeated in Jihad-e-Asghar, to celebrate; for Muslims succumbed to the fear-mongering and defeated themselves in Jihad-e-Akbar, instead.

So-called religious scholars [who are in reality religious-seculars] are busy on national t.v. channels of various countries distorting different Ahadith to justify the abandonment and desertion of the mosques and congregational prayers.

A famous religious-secular (Dr. Professor) on a Pakistani t.v channel e.g narrated that Prophet (PBUH) once commented on how to use grafting to increase the dates production, which was misunderstood. Prophet thereupon had to clarify and said, ”You are better aware of worldly matters than me, I am here to teach the religious matters only” This hadith was used to justify the abandonment of congregational prayers due to coronavirus. Increased production of dates, in this case, has no religious dimension to it whereas the abandoning of the congregational prayer does. Anyhow the hadith was abused/distorted in the presence of, supposedly an educated/informed, big-wig anchor and two so-called religious scholars.

Another hadith being touted is that Prophet (PBUH) said, “do not come to the mosque in heavy rain”. Historically pertinent circumstances of this hadith are being utterly ignored in the zeal of justifying the point raised. Back then, people would either walk or ride an animal to the mosque. Now, those impediments are not commonplace, hence the application, by far, would change. Unfortunately, this hadith is being importunately quoted to justify the abandonment of mosques and congregational prayers. Alas! May Allah have mercy on Muslims, and enable them to resort to precautions, wisdom, taqwa and twakkul instead of succumbing to fear-mongering. InshaAllah!

By the way, in no way or sense, I am suggesting that the worshippers should let themselves be infected with coronavirus and die maintaining the sanctity of the mosques and prominence of the congregational prayers. Sanity. coupled with precautions, should have prevailed.

 

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2 Responses to “Deserted Mecca!”

  1. Ahmed Kabir Says:

    Why it is necessary to get all the arguments from that old time? Why not get enlighted and get the knowledge from this time and leave this matter to the scientist rather than the religious guys. I would rather suggest you read the history and get to know what happened during the Spanish influenza virus (1918) in St Louis and Philadelphia. The whole world is following the St Louis model whereas the people like you are still arguing for the Philadelphia model.

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    • shakir2 Says:

      [Q, 30:7] “They know of superficialities of the life but are ignorant of the realities of the hereafter”

      Dr. Ahmed Kabir,
      I wish you would have understood the message of the Article, before commenting.
      Thanks

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