Q. A musalli coughs in the Musjid. According to the imam, this is a sign of covid disease. The imam tells the musalli to remain at home and not to visit the Musjid for Salaat. Is the imam’s instruction to the musalli correct? Please comment.
A. The imaam’s instruction is haraam. Preventing the musalli from the Musjid simply on the basis of coughing is tantamount to kufr. It is kufr because the instruction is the effect of a kufr belief. The imaam believes that disease is contagious. This kufr belief of the mushrikeen, and now of the atheists, was refuted by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who said: “Laa adwaa…….” (Disease is not contagious). For a detailed exposition of this issue, refer to our website. At the minimum, the imaam’s instruction is a major sin. While in reality the imaam has committed kufr, he could be spared from the fatwa of kufr on the basis of him being a moron who has been misled by the molvi agents of Iblees.