Itikāf during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

This issue was delib­er­at­ed among Wifaqul Ula­ma and The Islam­ic Coun­cil of Europe and oth­ers. The schol­ars (includ­ing Shaykh Dr Haitham Al-Had­dad) have reached an agree­ment and a state­ment is being issued on the 12th of May 2020  which super­sedes all pre­vi­ous state­ments on the sub­ject.

it is sug­gest­ed that a min­i­mum of at least two male key work­ers should per­form the sun­nah of Itikaf of Ramadhān 1441 for the full 10 days in the local mosque. if not pos­si­ble, then as a min­i­mum a sin­gle key work­er should make the inten­tion and per­form it.

Key workers

The Cab­i­net Office guid­ance applic­a­ble to 31 May 2020 clear­ly states that as part of deliv­er­ing “key pub­lic ser­vices”, the reli­gious staff are classed as key work­ers. This isn’t just restrict­ed to the Imām of the Mosque may also extend to those respon­si­ble for the IT sys­tems (to trans­mit Adhān, prayers and reli­gious pro­grams etc) and secu­ri­ty per­son­nel. We strong­ly urge the Mosque com­mit­tees to con­tact their local coun­cils and pub­lic Health depart­ments and inform them of the Itikaf plans.

The min­i­mum rec­om­mend­ed dis­tance of two meters should be and can be eas­i­ly main­tained dur­ing Itikaf as the pur­pose is to seclude one­self. Reli­gious guid­ance per­tain­ing to Ramadhān is gen­er­al and Itikaf in par­tic­u­lar is cov­ered in our Fiqh of Ramadhān.

Request for Prayers

We urge those who engage in the noble Sun­nah of Itikaf to pray to Allah

  • To sus­tain, sup­port and assist the anx­ious and the fear­ful;
  • To lift our spir­its;
  • To com­fort those who are iso­lat­ed and feel vul­ner­a­ble;
  • To grant speedy recov­ery to all those who are affect­ed by Coro­n­avirus (COVID-19);
  • To pro­tect all from Coro­n­avirus (COVID-19);
  • To deliv­er us soon from this dis­ease and to pro­tect us and our loved from all dis­eases and hard­ships;

Ameen.

Approving Scholars:

  1. Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulana) Moham­mad Ayub Bande Ilahi
  2. Maulana Sameerud­din Qas­mi
  3. Mufti Yusuf Sacha
  4. Maulana Marghoob Ahmed Lajpuri
  5. Maulana Ahmad Sarkar
  6. Mufti Zubair Dud­ha
  7. (Qari) Muham­mad Shoy­aib Nur­gat
  8. Shaykh Haitham al-Had­dad
  9. Mufti Zakariyya Aku­di
  10. Mufti Amjad M Mohammed Kakakhayl
  11. Mufti Yusuf Shab­bir
  12. Qad­hi Imran Sayed