New book explains pandemic fatwa

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Azlan Othman

A new book from the Office of the State Mufti seeks to provide answers to questions and their legal basis about religious decrees (fatwa) issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fatwa Mufti Kerajaaan 2020 (picture below) is now available and contains explanations of 33 fatwa issued that year.

The book contained questions about some of the fatwa issues in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which began in March 2020.

Among them are the issues of congregational prayers with physical distancing, congregational prayer for nurses wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), congregational prayers with physical distancing between congregations in a shaf (row) and performing of two Friday prayers in a mosque, as well as the issue of prayers when mosques and surahs are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the book discusses the journeys of Haj pilgrims during the pandemic, the management of the remains of COVID-19 patients, and medical issues related to the spread of the virus. The book also seeks to explain the rationale of the fatwa from the perspective of the Mu’tabar Ulema Ahli Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah in easy-to-understand terms.

The book can also be used as a reference document as the fatwa issued covered various topics of daily life, such as pious deeds, Islamic finance, culture and medicine.

The state mufti’s office said its vision is to be a credible fatwa institution and a comprehensive Islamic reference center, while its mission is to carry out Ifta and implement Islamic knowledge.

The duty and function of the office of the state mufti is to issue fatwa and irsyad. The fatwa is disseminated in the form of publications, including publishing the Fatwa Mufti Kerajaan Book each year.

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