Religious leaders from across South Africa have appealed to the Government to open places of worship under regulated protocols, via a three hour virtual meeting held with the President and a select group of Ministers on Wednesday 20 May 2020. The general agreement amongst all faith groups is that congregations should not be restricted in totality until a cure is found. The call, by the collective of faith leaders, to open places of worship in a phased approach from risk level 3 is in line with the views of medical experts who suggest that we need to migrate from the ‘lockdown’ approach to instituting ‘appropriate social behaviour’ that will contribute to the protection of lives and livelihoods, both of which are central to the long term stability of South Africa.
04th May 2020
Assalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullaahie Wabarakaatuh
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
All praises are due to the Almighty Allah in all His attributes and universal blessings upon the Leader of mankind, the beloved Nabi Muhammad (SAW)
Corona Virus was declared as a global pandemic on the 10th of March 2020. Countries were advised to elevate their level of preparedness, alert and response, with responses that were tailored to local context. South Africa reported its first case on the 05th March 2020 - an imported case from Italy, a 38-year-old male who arrived in the country from a holiday on the 01st of March 2020. By the end of March 2020, there were 1353 confirmed cases in South Africa. On the 30th April 2020, there were 5645 confirmed cases.
It is painfully sad for all of us to witness the temporary closure of our Masaajid (Mosques) in South Africa and across the Ummah (International Muslim community) due to conditions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. This feeling of sadness and longing for the spirit of togetherness that the congregational prayers evoke in the Masjid, is especially felt now during the month of Ramadaan.
UUCSA STATEMENT ON THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HIGH COURT CHALLENGE ON THE CLOSURE OF ALL RELIGIOUS PLACES OF WORSHIP AND THE SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION REQUESTED BY THE APPLICANTS
All praise is due to Allah (swt) and may His choicest salutations continue to descend upon our Master and Leader Mohammed (saw).
The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA), an umbrella body representing nine Ulama formations in South Africa took a majority-decision (eight out of nine) to become Amicus Curiae (a friend of the court). The Jamiatul Ulama KZN did not support the decision.
The United Ulama Council of South Africa [United Council of Muslim Theologians of South Africa] has resolved to apply to the High Court of South Africa, to act as an ‘Amicus Curiae’ or ‘a friend of the court’ in the upcoming court proceedings.
A friend of the court is a party who merely provides information to the court to aid the court in making a decision.