Mufti Naeem Against Mosque Prayers Stop, Gets Coronavirus: Fact Check


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Mufti Naeem Against Mosque Prayers Stop, Gets Coronavirus

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Mufti Naeem, who was against stopping of prayers at mosques gets infected himself by Coronavirus. Was asking people to not to listen to Health official’s warnings, is now obeying health officials religiously.

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ये मुफ़्ती नईम है जो मस्जिदों में नमाज रोंके जाने के विरुद्ध था, अब कोरोना पोसिटिव पाया गया है।
यह स्वास्थ्यकर्मियों की गाइडलाइन्स को न मानने की अपील कर रहा था अब स्वयं डॉक्टरों के निर्देश में हैं। जुम्मा नमाज के बाद से कोरोना मामलों में बृद्धि हुई है।

Fact Check:

Picture messages in heavy circulation allege to show Mufti Naeem was against stopping of prayers at Mosques and he himself gets Coronavirus infection. They go on to say the Muslim scholar was asking people not to listen to Health official’s warnings, is now obeying them religiously. There’s also a video alleging to show Mufti Naeem taken to hospital due to Coronavirus infection. No, the claims are not true and explained here.

The messages are doing rounds in different languages and viral on various social media platforms. They also carry two images, one showing the Pakistani Islamic scholar Mufti Muhammad Naeem and the other allegedly showing him in hospital after Coronavirus infection. He is in fact the co-founder of Jamia Binoria, an international Deobandi Islamic educational institute in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

Mufti Naeem Infected with Coronavirus?

Unlike the messages and videos in circulation, the Pakistani Islamic scholar Mufti Muhammad Naeem did not get Coronavirus infection. His health deteriorated due to Heart problem, and was rushed to hospital. Reports from Pakistan also suggest he has returned home after recovering. Below is a news report clarifying the rumor about his Coronavirus infection.

Was Mufti Naeem Against Stopping Mosque Prayers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak?

Again, unlike the claims, Mufti Naeem was not really against stopping of prayers at mosques during Coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan. The Islam scholar in fact supported limiting of Friday prayers all over Pakistan:

Mufti Naeem says it is better to wait for the situation to settle down. In the current situation, the government will support the decision. People over the age of 50 should pray Friday prayers in-house while the prayer period should be kept to a minimum. It has also been decided that all Imam Masjid would follow the government decision and should limit the Friday prayer to 2 farz only and the rest of prayer should be completed at homes. The people should spend minimum time at the gathering while following all the preventive measures.

In another interview, Mufti Naeem clarifies listening to advise of doctors with expertise is not against Islam. He explains it is important to restrict the ‘animal’ inside you and then have faith in Allah, instead of letting loose the animal and leaving everything to him. He also mentions about importance of social distancing during gatherings.

Some Others Against Stopping Mosque Prayers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Although Mufti Naeem was not against stopping prayers in Mosques during Coronavirus outbreak, some scholars and religious leaders in Pakistan and other places did so. In Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan could not keep Pakistanis away even from shut mosques. On 20th March 2020, President of Pakistan Arif Alvi encouraged people to offer Friday prayers at home, but the Faisal mosque in Islamabad was flooded with people.

After an increase in Coronavirus cases, Hindu and Christian community leaders voluntarily closed Temples and Churches in Punjab and Sindh. Fearing backlash, the government was not able to ban people praying in mosques. On the other hand, some Muslim religious scholars also were against ban of prayers in mosques saying Pakistan never stops praying. As of this writing, the number of Coronavirus cases in Pakistan reached 1,865 in a constant upward trajectory. Officials are in fact scrambling to contain the spread of the deadly disease. While 52 people recovered, 25 died already.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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