Imam Umer Ilyasi, a Muslim cleric, appealed to all the people who attended Tablighi Jamaat gathering at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi recently, not to hide from the government and not to be scared of it.
Quarantine facilities are not jails
Speaking to ANI, Ilyasi said, “I appeal to all the Muslim brothers and mosque managing committees involved in the Jamaat congregation to please come out and inform the government. You do not need to feel scared of the government.”
“You do not need to feel scared of the government. If you are quarantined, it doesn’t mean you will be punished. This is for your and other people’s safety,” he added.
For the people who are getting quarantined, he said that if one does get quarantined, he or she must not think those quarantine facilities are jails.
“If you are quarantined, it doesn’t mean you will be punished. This is for your and other people’s safety. Quarantine is the cure, you do not need to worry about it,” he added.
Do not connect the virus with religion
Ilyasi additionally requested his followers that one must not connect religion with the coronavirus outbreak. “Islam talks about saving one person’s life and securing a person’s life. Do not connect the outbreak with religion as this outbreak does not affect any religion or caste in particular,” he said.
On views of the lockdown being forced by the center, he said: “I appeal to all that we must obey the lockdown judiciously as there is no medicine or cure for this disease.”