State Mufti urges consistent use of ‘divine vaccine’

Azlan Othman

The State Mufti yesterday urged the Muslim Ummah to consistently use the “divine vaccine”, which is giving alms (charity) and supplication to ward off COVID-19 while awaiting a medical vaccine to be found.

Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, in the third of the series of talks called What Mufti Says About COVID-19 aired over radio and television, said giving alms and supplication, without a doubt, can fight COVID-19.

The State Mufti said, “Giving alms is recom-mended in Islam; it has its own secret, which is to reject or prevent anything we do not like as stated in the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) narrated by At-Thabarani, which means ‘the charity closes 70 doors’.”

In another narration, it means: “The alms rejected or prevented 70 calamaties, at least sopak (a form of skin disease) and leprosy.”

He added, “We can imagine that if the calamity or disease came from Allah the Almighty, because Allah the Almighty was angry with the sinner, then there was hope that the disease would disappear or could be healed, because the wrath of God had been extinguished by the blessing of charity.

“The charity is a hijab (shield) for calamity. Regardless of whether the charity is big or small, it is all the same, capable of shielding and repelling the calamity. Not only world calamities such as COVID-19 but the aftermath of hellfire can be resisted and rejected by alms, according to the Hadith of the Prophet.”

State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

The State Mufti noted that Brunei Darussalam’s approach to fighting COVID-19 by prioritising supplication is an undisputed method, especially since it was blessed when the ruler had emphasised on supplication.

He said, “Two titahs of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on COVID-19 mentioned supplication. The monarch himself recites the prayer. In fact, His Majesty’s special titah to mark the holy month of Ramadhan also reminded us of Qunut Nazilah prayer which can be read during Friday prayer while asking the Muslim Ummah why it is not read in any of the five obligatory prayers.”

The State Mufti said this underlined the monarch’s concern for supplication.

“Supplication is a saviour, not a destroyer. When we supplicate, we are told to be earnest, to pray with a sincere heart.”

The State Mufti explained that Brunei Darussalam has and will continue to use or obtain these two divine vaccines, especially since Brunei has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

He said, “Millions of gratitude and praise to Allah the Almighty because Brunei has been granted extraordinary status compared to elsewhere where the Sultanate recorded zero COVID-19 cases for more than a week now.

“This is no doubt because of mercy from Allah the Almighty, while elsewhere, we see that they are still struggling with infection and death.

“Insya Allah, Brunei will continue to use this ‘divine vaccine’ without time limit, considering it is Brunei’s drapes. We must continue to supplicate and never stop from doing it. Even if the disaster is gone and eradicated, supplication should continue.”