Covid-19 | Exercising Caution in the Wake of the ‘Second Wave’
A PUBLIC APPEAL
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) appeals to congregations, families and the general public, to take appropriate measures and precaution in order to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, in the second wave of the coronavirus infections across the country.
It must be acknowledged that complacency had set in after infections were on the decline and alert levels lowered. However, the risk of Covid-19 infections and fatalities remained lurking and real. The news that a new and even more contagious Covid-19 strain is responsible for most of the fresh cases in the surge of infections in parts of the country should be of concern to all of us. We are once more, witnessing a rising number of members of our communities testing positive for Covid-19 and some, sadly being lost to complications associated with the coronavirus.
As we fight the pandemic, let us take appropriate measures that will be in the interest of public health and safety. We owe it to each other, by neither attaching stigma to those who need our compassion nor being in denial about the reality and what it requires of all of us, without causing any unnecessary dissension and discord.
Our actions determine the conditions that Allah sends down. Together with taking all necessary precautions we should also shun vice, repent [taubah], abundantly seek forgiveness [istighfar], engage in virtuous deeds, and sincerely supplicate [du’aa] to the Almighty, so that the disease and the hardships brought by the pandemic can be lifted away from our midst.
“Whoever fears Allah, Allah will find a way out for him (from every difficulty)” (Noble Qur’an 65:2-3)
The Executive Committee
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
07 Jumaadal Ulaa 1442/ 22 December 2020