The Advices Of Senior & Leading ‘Ulama Regarding The Coronavirus

(This post is regularly updated with new content)

Due to many different opinions being voiced via social media, by all and sundry, regarding the coronavirus and the correct reaction to it, we felt it appropriate to publicize the advices of the senior ‘ulama regarding it. This is because many of the complications that arise pertain to Deeni matters, and all along, we have been following the ‘ulama in our Deeni affairs, so it is only correct that we follow them with regard to our stance on this issue as well, particularly from a Deeni perspective. Hence, we have listed some audio clips of senior ‘ulama below: 

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi al-Uthmani Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – There Is No Justification For Closing The Masaajid

Hazrat Ml Haroon ‘Abbasoomer Saheb (Rahimahullah) – A Muslim’s Approach To The Coronavirus

Hazrat Ml ‘Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – What Our Deen Teaches Us

Hazrat Ml ‘Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Spending Our Time Correctly During The Current Period

Hazrat Mufti ‘Abdul Qaadir Husain Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Wrongfully Closing The Masaajid

Hazrat Mufti ‘Abdul Qaadir Husain Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Advices Regarding The Masaajid & Adopting Means

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Coronavirus & The Media

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – What Is The Correct Approach?

Hazrat Ml Ilyas Patel Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Treating The Actual Cause Of The Coronavirus

Hazrat Ml Zaheer Karim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Plagues Of The Past & How The ‘Ulama Reacted To Them

Hazrat Ml Muhammad Mehtar Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Fear Of Allah & The Inconsistencies Of The Virus

Hazrat Ml Bilaal Cassim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Cat & Lion Example

Hazrat Ml Bilaal Cassim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Tawakkul Explained In 5 Easy Steps & Its Current Application

Hazrat Ml Bilaal Cassim Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – COVID KILLS! DANGER! Fear Mongering & Lack Of Intellect

Hazrat Ml A.S Khatani Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Conspiracy Theories vs Recognizing The ‘Azaab & Taking A Lesson

Hazrat Ml ‘Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Return To Allah & Adopt The Precautions Of The Qur’aan and Sunnah

Hazrat Ml A.S Khatani Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Who Is The Protector? | Come Back To The Masjid! | An Environment Of Fear

Hazrat Qari Isma’eel Soofie Desai Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Pertinent Spiritual Advices Regarding This Period Of The Pandemic

Hazrat Mufti Yusuf Desai Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Miscellaneous Aspects Regarding The Current Circumstances

Hazrat Ml Na’eem Motala Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – A Believer’s Response To Sickness, Trials, And Tribulations

Hazrat Ml Na’eem Motala Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – The Bounty Of Imaan & The True Believer In The Light Of The Qur’aan

Hazrat Ml Na’eem Motala Saheb (Hafidhahullah) – Solace During Illness

Can A Person Give Sadaqah While In Debt?

Q. I have started work recently. I have debts from my past years BUT Insha Allah I wish to give sadaqah from my new salary? Is this allowed? Is it a sin for me to give sadaqah whilst I have debts? I do have a plan to catch up on my debts, BUT I want to give sadaqah instead of wasting it elsewhere.
(Question published as received) 
A. 1) While you have debts on your head which are due immediately, any surplus must be used to pay your debts. In this case, it is not permitted to give money in Sadaqah.
This is because payment of your debt is compulsory while Sadaqah is optional and it is not permitted to neglect one’s obligations in favour of what is optional.
2) If the debt is on terms and the said terms are met, then one may give money in Sadaqah. However, it is preferable to hasten the payment of any debts due. 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Moosa Salie
Mufti Taahir Hansa

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians
223 Alpine Road, Overport
Durban, South Africa
Tel : +27 (0) 31 2077099
Fax : +27(0) 31 2074163 

The Commitment Of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (Hafidhahullah) To The Service Of Hadith

by Ml Muhammad ‘Abbasomar –

One of the Students of my Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafidhahullah) who had visited the Shaykh (13 February 2021), to pay his respects and condolence after the demise of Shaykh’s wife (may Allah raise her ranks), witnessed Shaykh headed to his office on foot in the deep snow of Istanbul. (A picture of this scene was widely circulated on social media. Istanbul didn’t experience such heavy snowfall in close to twenty years.)

It being the day after the demise and burial of his wife (his companion for 57 years), this seemed odd to the visitor, so after Shaykh was seated at his desk in the office, he enquired from him: Continue reading

A Brief Biography Of Shaykh Ibn Kamal Pasha (Rahimahullah)

Imām Ibn Kamāl Pāshā al-Ḥanafī
Shaykh al-Islām of The Ottoman Empire
A Brief Biography
By Abu Dawud Mahbub ibn ‘Abd al-Karim[1]

Name, Birth & Family

He is the great imām, the erudite scholar, polymath and prolific writer: Shams al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Sulaymān ibn Kamāl Pāshā (D.940AH) from the Turkish lands. He was born during the year 873AH in the Turkish city of Tokat (it has also been said that he was born in Edirne). He was raised in an honourable and respectable household. His father Sulaymān Chalabī ibn Kamāl Pāshā was a commander of the Ottoman Islamic imperial army during the era of Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Fātiḥ and was present with the army of the Sanjak of Amasya during the conquering of Constantinople. His mother hailed from a house of knowledge, with her father being the greatly learned virtuous scholar Mawlā Muḥyi ‘l-Dīn Muḥammad, famously known as Ibn Kūbalū (D.874AH), who was given the official role of Kazasker by Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Fātiḥ. His grandfather was Continue reading

Why Are Haraam Actions More Enjoyable?


Q: Why is there no satisfaction or good in halaal? It seems that there is more pleasure in haraam than in halaal.

A: When a sickness is gone quite deep into the system then the system becomes confused; the wrong seems to be enjoyable and the right seems to be unpleasant. This is not because the wrong is more enjoyable but it is because of the system being corrupt.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Continue reading

How To Acquire Taqwa & Good Character


Q: I want to become Allah’s favourite, and I want to have the best character possible. Please advise me what to do.

A: Allah Ta’ala explains to us that the most honourable person in His sight (His favourite) is the one who exercises the greatest taqwa. Taqwa can be easily understood to mean “be careful in whatever you do”.
Continue reading

The Du’aa Of Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (Rahimahullah)

حكى أبو الفضل التّميميّ عن الإمام أحمد بن حنبل-رحمه الله-أنّه كان يدعو في السّجود
” اللّهُم مَنْ كان مِنْ هذه الأمّة على غير الحقّ وهو يظُنُّ أنّه على الحقّ؛ فردَّه إلى الحقّ، ليكونَ مِنْ أهل الحقّ”

(البداية والنّهاية)(١٤/ ٣٩٠)
وينظر(تأريخ بغداد)(١٠/ ٢٨٦)و(صفة الصّفوة)(١/ ٤٨٤)

Abū Al-Faḍl Al-Tamīmī narrated about Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, may Allāh have mercy on him, that he would supplicate while in prostration:

O Allāh, whoever from this ummah is upon a way other than that of the truth, yet he thinks that he is upon the truth, make him return to the truth so that he becomes [one] of the People of the Truth.

In The Quest For Allah

Hakeem-ul-Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib (Rahimahullah) has shared the story of a saint who heard a voice saying; “No matter how much worship you engage in, nothing will be accepted.” One of his disciples also heard this voice. The next day he got up for worship and heard the same voice again. When this voice was heard several times, his disciples said to him; “You are a strange person. When it is not accepted (the acts of worship), what is the need for this unnecessary striving?” The saint replied; “Brother, I can give up the worship, but tell me, if I give it up, at whose door will I go to?” The mercy of Allah Ta’ala was ignited by this answer and a voice said, “Even though your worship is not worthy of being called worship, since you have no one apart from Us, We will embrace you as well.”

Hazrat Thaanwi (Rahimahullah) thereafter advised, “Brothers! When a person seeks the truth, this is how he will be. Unfortunately, people do not have even that much of a quest for Allah Ta’ala as they have for alchemy (a method of transmuting base metals into gold). A person will waste away many years in its quest, he will spend all his wealth and possessions, he will give up his rest and comfort, but he will bear no hardship whatsoever in the quest for Allah Ta’ala.”

This is indeed a sad testimony to the general spiritual state of the Muslims. We are desirous of the highest stages of Jannah but not prepared to exert ourselves in pleasing Allah Ta’ala! A very simple principle shared by the Ahlullah is that we ought to annihilate ourselves contemplating over the sheer mercy and kindness of Allah Ta’ala and we should endeavour never to forget Him!

The Importance Of Establishing A Firm Connection With Allah

Hazrat Moulana Shah Wasiyyullah Sahib (Rahimahullah) has written in Wasiyyatus Saalikeen:

“In this era, I deem it imperative for Muslims to establish a firm connection with Allah Ta’ala, as well as with His Rasul (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). The success of both worlds is hidden therein and that is the cure for all their calamities. 

The manner of establishing a connection with Allah Ta’ala is the performance of Salaah and recitation of the Holy Qur’an (the speech of Allah Ta’ala). People need to afford Salaah its due importance and, with complete honour and cognisance of all the etiquettes and presence of heart, recite the Noble Qur’an. 

The manner of establishing a firm and correct bond with Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) is adherence to the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). A person should endeavour to keep all his statements and actions in conformance with the Sunnah. Included in this is that a person should make it a habit to recite all those Du’aas daily that have been proven to have been recited by Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) at all the relevant times.”


A Muslim has no option but to submit to Allah Ta’ala and following the blessed Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). The need is to become conscious and committed Muslims where the evil character traits (pride, anger, jealousy, miserliness, etc) are expelled and the attainment of virtuous attributes (generosity, humility, gratitude, contentment, etc) are sought after.

The objective is that Allah Ta’ala may become pleased with us and that his assistance can be secured through obedience.

Our sole occupation is to submit to the Shariah and remaining steadfast in searching for those actions that will attract the mercy of Allah Ta’ala.

The Secret To Illuminating The Heart With The Understanding Of Deen

by What Is Islam

Harmalah bin Yahya (Rahimahullah) reports:

I once heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) mention the following in regard to purifying and illuminating the heart through which it will be easy for one to understand Deen:

“The one who wishes that Allah Ta‘ala should open and illuminate his heart (with deep understanding and profound knowledge), then he should hold firmly onto the following qualities; refraining from discussing that which does not concern him, leaving out all sins and abstaining from all forms of disobedience. Furthermore, he should carry out righteous actions which should be only between him and Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. with ikhlaas and without publicizing them before anyone). When one does this, then Allah Ta‘ala will bless him with such profound ‘ilm that he will remain immersed in it and it will safeguard him from becoming involved in other occupations of the world. Similarly, he will be concerned about his end which will keep him away from all other futile pursuits (i.e. the preparation for death and the Hereafter will safeguard him from getting involved in unbeneficial actions).”

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee lil Bayhaqi vol. 2 pg. 171)

The Importance Of Referring To One’s Seniors

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahimahullah) once mentioned:

A person should always have confidence in his seniors and refer to them when accomplishing any important task (which requires their guidance). It has been proven through experience that without referring to one’s seniors, the work one wishes to carry out will not be accomplished correctly.

It is for this reason that during the battle, we are commanded to appoint one leader and refer to him for all decisions. Similarly, in small matters, we should refer to our seniors and follow their guidance.

Nevertheless, in this regard, it is vital for one to refer to such a person for guidance who has the required knowledge and is also one’s well-wisher.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 2/210)