COVID-19 crisis is a divine decree, says State Mufti

Rokiah Mahmud

The COVID-19 pandemic has been seen as a calamity. However, Muslims must not fail to view the crisis as a decree of Allah the Almighty.

This was said by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned during the 34th International Islamic Unity Conference yesterday.

“Throughout history, mankind has not been spared from experiencing various attacks by Allah’s creatures, including viruses,” he said. “During the reign of Pharaoh, Allah the Almighty sent hurricanes, locusts, lice and frogs as lessons to learn.”

He continued, “In today’s world, Allah the Almighty has sent a virus. This is most certainly not an incident devoid of an underlying wisdom.”

The State Mufti said Brunei Darussalam has not been exempted from the coronavirus.

However, at the onset of an outbreak, the Sultanate promptly adopted preventive measures based on advices and suggestions from scholars and other experts in numerous fields.

State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned attends the 34th International Islamic Unity Conference. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI

“On top of complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), Brunei has also committed to reciting special supplications of protection from Al-Quran and Al-Hadith, leaning on the fact that Quranic verses are a cure and a blessing, while supplications are capable of averting divine decrees,” he said. “The special verses and supplications have been recited at home and mosques as well as broadcast on radio and television.”

Brunei Darussalam, according to the State Mufti, is very fortunate to be under the leadership of a caring monarch, who never ceases to provide spiritual encouragement in the form of advice.

“In delivering messages on COVID-19, 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 recited the supplications himself,” he added.

The State Mufti also attributed the success of Brunei Darussalam’s coronavirus containment to integrated measures coupled with blessings from the recitation of verses and supplications.

Meanwhile, the International Islamic Unity Conference, which opened yesterday, will run until November 3 in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The event is aimed at creating unity and solidarity among Muslims, developing consensus among scholars and scientists to approximate scientific and cultural viewpoints, presenting practical solutions for the Ummah in the Islamic world, and offering solutions to Muslim problems.

The conference is joined by hundreds of scholars and reformers from around the world including Australia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, France, Gambia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.