Renowned Muslim scholars, preachers and educators from around the world have issued a powerful joint statement for people to reflect upon in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The document entitled ‘A Message to Humanity’ is essentially calling on mankind to seriously ponder and reflect on the drastic changes that have occurred as a result of the global COVID-19 crisis.
From understanding the scale of the deadly but mainly invisible virus, to how entire countries and industries have come to a halt, the message encourages readers to question their human limitations and understand the magnificence of God’s existence and divine will.
Shaykh Sharif Ibrahim Saleh Alhussaini (Grand Mufti of Nigeria), Mufti Taqi Usmani (Pakistan), Dr Zakir Naik (India), Dr Ali Muhammad Muhammad al-Sallabi (Libya), Shaykh Shadi Alsuleiman (Australia), Dr Yasir Qadhi and Imam Omar Suleiman (U.S.).
Prominent scholars and educators from the UK include Shaykh Haitham al-Haddad, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood, Shaykh Asrar Rashid, Abdurraheem Green, Dr Anas Altikriti and Hamza Tzortzis.
The statement acknowledges the outpour of generosity and charity that the pandemic has led to with increased charitable relief work and grassroots support, when it mentions:
“Many of us have shown great compassion and unity, irrespective of our differences. This is why we believe that, even in these unprecedented times, coronavirus can be the means for an intellectual and spiritual awakening. What follows are some key points for us to consider.”
“Intellectual and spiritual awakening”
Among the various Quranic verse and statements of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) cited, the message presents the Islamic concepts of monotheism, human dependency, the reality of life, death and purpose of existence, worldwide corruption and injustice and eternal salvation.
The message concludes by calling on humanity to “accept the fact that God is the only deity worthy of worship and that Prophet Muhammad (may God’s peace and blessings be upon him) is His final messenger, or we can reject the truth and by virtue of that risk punishment from God—because we have chosen to reject His guidance and mercy.”
Current global cases of COVID-19 stands at 3.7 million with more than 255,000 deaths. Turkey and Iran are the two Muslim-majority countries that have been mainly affected by the virus with a joint death toll of nearly 10,000 and more than 226,000 positive cases.
To read the full statement visit the Message to Humanity website.