As the countdown for Hari Raya Aidilfitri is near, it is understandable that everybody would want to celebrate with their family members. It is even more so when our family members are staying in another state, it’s normally the only time we travel back and pay them a visit.
Despite that, the Mufti for Federal Territories of Malaysia, Datuk Dr Luqman Abdullah had claimed that interstate travel for Raya celebrations is “Haram” for Muslims. As reported by Berita Harian, he made the comment on the basis of an Islamic discourse called the Hadith or the collected traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.).
He added that the Prophet forbid the act of travelling to or from another region when they have heard about a disease that have been spreading there. Furthermore, the Prophet mentioned that those who are already in that place should leave the area and cause the disease to spread even further.
Dr Luqman said that Covid-19 is already spreading like wild fire in Malaysia and if inter-state travel is allowed, the spread of the virus will be even more serious. He added that he noted the recent case whereby some Malaysians even used a fake authority letter with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s name on it to cross state lines. This just makes it “double the haram”.
Dr Luqman even shared his view on the challenges that Covid-19 brings and the Islamic view of them in a seminar in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) yesterday (29 April). In the event, he also called upon Muslims to return back to basics and accept certain restrictions by the authorities if it brings benefit.
He said “If the restrictions bring better good, then the people has to obey it. If not obeyed, the risk of infection would be high.”
What do you think about this? Share your thoughts!