Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon the seal of the Prophets and greatest of Messengers, and upon his pure descendants and companions;
To our dear people,
God, may He be glorified and exalted, created His revelations so that His aware worshipers who could reason them. It is more important for the wise and religious man to know his time. Among the surplus of His divine mercy, is that He desired that a person be aware of the jurisprudence of the command and the forbidding, is considered healthy for the soul and represents the validity of faith, so does recovery of the body, which is the essence of submission.
Among the basics of religion and its validity are good trust, consent and approval of God’s will. And the loving monotheist (Mowahed) realizes that these rules and what they hold in terms of good behavior are based on the awakening of the mind with sound knowledge, and on the breadth of the dream, so that one manages to consider the facts of matters first, and then awareness of their occurrence afterwards.
It is inappropriate for a rational person to neglect the order of things in their external and inner parts based on attributes, so that they forget the persistence of the cause and effect, that is, one of the foundations of nature.
And now as we are facing the widespread of the Corona pandemic ravaging our villages, towns and neighborhoods, without discrimination between the segments of our society or the ways of their lives. It has definitely become irrational to approach this matter with denial, ignorance or skepticism, all of which have proved to contribute to the widening of the gaps through which the infection penetrates and its effects are exacerbated by what we knew, as well as by what is not announced.
Our dear family,
The office of Sheikh Al-Aql, in consultation and agreement with our esteemed Sheikhs in the spiritual body appeal to you, all without exception, to face the responsibility with wisdom, courage and good management. We raise the voice and call upon the managers of the religious councils as well as committees, municipalities, and institutions, to raise the level of responsibility and seriousness in precautions through respecting the rules of prevention and safety, and paying close attention to ward off potential transmission of infection - “An ounce of prevention is better than a ton of treatment.” Likewise, the call for strict adherence to the preventive conditions announced by the concerned organizations and ministries, the most important of which is the use of a "medical mask", avoiding gatherings and direct contact by respecting social distancing, and refraining from the initiative to invitations to mass events, whether in joyful events or in painful ones.
And if our traditions and customs require communication, meeting and social exchange, yet the current exceptional circumstances surrounding us force us to temporarily abandon some of those traditions for the sake of public safety, by accepting each other’s excuses, and this doesn’t have anything related to detracting us from our faith, cohesion and values, for these are deeper and more reliable than any measure immediately demanded by both reason and faith.
In conclusion, adherence to all preventive measures has become a matter related to avoiding doubt, because otherwise would be a contribution to increasing the social risk and public harm, and these are two matters that are forbidden by everyone who is righteous and religious.
We ask God Almighty to grant safety for all, and to guide our steps in goodness, and to inspire us to the correct management and the wisdom of appreciation, as He is our only reference and blessing.