Why Public Markets are still open and places of worship on LOCKDOWN?

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By Mufti Usman Madani

With utmost respect and honor, law implementation and precautionary measures are either taken easy or not understood at all.

Picture taken earlier today at at a popular market

Corona in Mosques
A place like mosque where a person has to perform ablution and enter and this is a practice through out the year, such a place is banned for services, whilst markets are open.

Corona in worship
Mosques, churches, temples are places where people dedicate their time in order to attain spirituality and blessings as per their respective beliefs, so doors of blessings are closed, markets where it’s all about money, no social distancing, that’s open, superb justice.

How are these people protected from the spread or infection of Coronavirus?

I fully understand the need of precaution, and this is fully in accordance with the prophetic teachings of Islam, cleanliness and precautions. We abide and shall abide to the laws implemented by the government of Malawi, but respected leaders does this make any sense?

8 to 9 hours of operation, No social distancing, touching several things which several people have just touched, dealing with currency not knowing how many people have touched it, seller buyer interaction etc.. so by merely putting a bucket of water will prevent corona?

Is this how we mean putting in place drastic measures by closing places of worship to allow people move freely in towns?

Worship places:
Ablution facility (like mosques), a place of God’s mercy, not touching many items like in markets, cleanliness is way more than markets, mass gatherings are way less than markets, worship areas operate for few hours.

And yet the law is to close less risky places and keep a high risky place open.

Please take this message in a positive manner and consider revision of laws.

Either lift the law of worship places closure or implement complete closure of markets as well.

Yamikani Kachingwe

Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe is a Malawian with great interest in current affairs, news and storytelling. Over the years, he has established himself as a a great source of news, a private investigator of issues and whistle blower using various social media platforms.

6 thoughts on “Why Public Markets are still open and places of worship on LOCKDOWN?

  • April 13, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Very nice mawlana. We haven’t even thought of it. We need to educate our people.

    Do perform ablution wudu. It’s gona really help to prevent this virus.

    First of all we have to wash our hands then mouth then nosethen hand to elbow then wash our face completely then wipe our hair then our ears and the at last we wash our feet including the ankle.

    This is Islam and our beloved Prophet Muhammad’s way of teaching which ever Muslim have to do to perform 5 times daily prayer.

  • April 13, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    You cannot compare the places of worship with the market places.

    People have to get essential goods to survive.

    You seemed to have missed the point.

    . It is a religious obligation for all segments of society to strictly
    adhere to all public health directives and regulations provided by
    the dedicated state agencies as well as to take all necessary
    measures to prevent the transmission and spread of the illness.

    It is impermissible according to sacred law to disregard such directives
    and measures under any circumstances.

    2. It is forbidden by shariah for anyone infected with this illness or
    even one thought to be at risk for infection to enter public places
    or go to the mosque for all congregational prayers, including Friday
    prayers and the Eid prayers.

    It is an obligation for such a person to
    take all necessary precautions as outlined by medical authorities,
    such as observing quarantine and adhering to any prescribed
    treatment. This is so that one does not transmit the illness to

    3. There is a religious concession (rukh|ah) for the elderly, children,
    anyone suffering from respiratory conditions, and those with
    compromised immunity to not attend all congregational prayers,
    including Friday prayers, Eid prayers, and tarawi prayers.
    Such people may pray in their homes or wherever they are and can pray
    zuhr in place of the Friday congregational prayer.

  • April 13, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Dearest honorable sir Mufti Usmaan Al Madani, you are indeed an inspiration, your talks, verdicts, welfare, preaching has always helped thousands around the world.
    When a message like this comes from you, it gets in more into use as you are the man with work and we know that in case of lockdown your own organisation projects will become slow because of donation usage towards welfare, but yet you are in acceptance of that in order to fight this global pandemic. I see a comment speaking of Shariah from a layman towards an expert of islamic jurisprudence (Mufti). I highly honor and respect this brief yet impressive message. To save a life is not only the message of shariah or a religion, but it is a duty of humanity which is brilliantly addressed by your eminence. Jazakallaah..

  • April 13, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Totally Agreed!

    Great thought Mufti Sahab.

    Market places are crowded unlike Mosques.
    How its shown in the pics…High possibly of spreading the disease (Corona).

    We cannot just stop the disease by making ppl washing their hands before entering the shops.

    Even if this helps than why not in mosques where ppl wash their hands, face, feet etc while performing Wudhu.

    We must think about it!
    If market places cant be closed than Mosques should Reopen.

  • April 21, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Mufti, with all due respect the virus is air borne therefore you can wash and bathe but all it takes is an infected person (could be asymptomatic) to cough or sneeze and many worshippers will be infected. The market place is not right either but two wrongs won’t make a right. Be responsible and stop the spread of the virus…Allah will understand!

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