Every human life is precious and sacred and saving one is like saving the whole of humanity. (Al Quran 5:32/33)
The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment: Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, let us learn to think with greater flexibility; please meditate on the reality that the whole of the Surah Hajj of the holy Quran will be understood fresh in the context of Coronavirus’ times; likewise each and every verse of the Quran should be understood in the context of our times and not like it was understood by scholars or religious leaders of your choosing of the past. Please, please, let us live in the present and future and less so in the past. May Allah bless all of us with wisdom, humility and forbearance.
Source: The Guardian
Hajj pilgrimage could be cancelled because of coronavirus
Saudi authorities pave way for first closure of annual Islamic event in Mecca since 1798
By Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent
The biggest occasion in the Islamic calendar, the annual hajj pilgrimage, has become the latest global event to be jeopardised by coronavirus, with Saudi authorities suggesting travellers delay plans to visit Mecca in late July.
The comments have been widely interpreted as clearing the ground for a cancellation of this year’s event, a rare occurrence in modern history: the last such closure took place more than 200 years ago.
Aside: Scope, Style and Preservation of the Quran
Mecca and Medina, the two holy cities that are hubs of the pilgrimage, have both been in effect closed to visitors for the past month, a step that was not taken during the 1918 flu pandemic. Saudi officials have sealed the country’s borders to foreigners and imposed widespread restrictions on movement inside the kingdom, partly in the hope of eradicating the disease before the hajj.
Suggested reading by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
The self isolation for 70 years and older may last up to 4 months
To see the daily new cases and deaths in the top eleven countries go to
“We project that roughly 56 percent of our population – 25.5 million people – will be infected with the virus over an eight week period,” Governor Newsom of California wrote on 3/19/2020.