Q. A person says that according to the Ahaadeeth, we should flee from the leper. He then states that this is even more than social distancing. If one has to flee, then social distancing is a lesser concept than fleeing which should not be condemned?
A. Laughable indeed! If according to his lopsided understanding of the Ahaadeeth, one should flee from people, then he should flee! Why was he still talking to you? He supposed to flee as if he is escaping from a lion.
If the Hadeeth says something, then you must act on it! Don’t come with ‘lesser concepts’ of nonsense here. One cannot speak of Ahaadeeth, and then hypocritically speak of ‘lesser concepts’.
Follow Ahaadeeth according to its correct interpretation as explained and practically demonstrated by Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and the Sahaabah Radhiyallahu anhum.
Did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam ban any leper from the Masjid? No! So, especially for those misapplying this Hadeeth to the Corona disease, people with covid-19 may not be banned from the Masjid, let alone even the talk of healthy people. Then, did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam instruct the leper to stand apart from other Musallis in Salaat? NO! Did Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam instruct those without leprosy to stand apart from the leper? NO! This sufficiently debunks the misinterpretation of those quoting the Ahaadeeth.
Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that the advice pertaining to lepers was for people of weak Imaan. One should not give one’s own interpretation to Ahaadeeth. This is dangerous for one’s Imaan. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam ate together with a leper from the same utensil. So, those arguing in favour of social distancing are undoubtedly displaying hypocrisy (Nifaaq).
They argue in favour of social distancing, selectively quote Ahaadeeth, misinterpret them, tear them out of context, then interfere with the Sufoof and the Masaajid AND then they say they follow Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Why do they profess feelings they do not have? The Munaafiqeen should say straight: we believe diseases are contagious and we reject what Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said. Nauthu Billah! Why are they zigzagging so much?
Afterall, if one believes in Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam who negated the contagiousness of diseases, then one will automatically frown and reject all the stupid Covid-19 Masjid guidelines as well as the silly concepts of social distancing – all which reek of Kufr.