A group of 22 Waqifeen-e-Nau from Hamburg, Germany had a mulaqat with Hazrat Amirul Momineen, may Allah be his Helper, on 2 February 2020. During the mulaqat, Waqifeen-e-Nau had the opportunity to ask Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa a few questions.
Alluding to the continuous upsurge and rapid spread of the coronavirus, a young Waqif-e-Nau asked Huzooraa about his thoughts on the matter. Answering the young Waqif-e-Nau, Huzooraa stated:
“On social media, a comedian has expressed and asked why this virus is only spreading throughout developed countries as opposed to the Ebola virus which spread from Afrcia.” Huzooraa added, “Not much worry and concern was shown for the Ebola virus as opposed to the coronavirus.” Carrying on, Huzooraa said, “During the time of the fourth Khalifa, a virus similar to the coronavirus spread in Indonesia. Viruses similar to the coronavirus have been treated through homeopathy. Thus, you have been informed about the medicine which has been prepared [for the coronavirus].”
One Waqif-e-Nau asked how we can come to know if our istighfar has been accepted by God and if He has forgiven us. Huzooraa replied:
“If you have stopped committing the sin, then know that your istighfar has been accepted and you have been forgiven. If, however, you have not yet changed your ways, this means that the istighfar was not from the heart. In such a case, you should continue to seek forgiveness and refrain from sin.”
Another young Waqif-e-Nau asked how one can distinguish between religion and cultural influence. Huzooraa replied:
“The Holy Prophetsa was sent to the people of Arabia as a messenger for the entire world. Thus, as far as culture is concerned, any culture which does not go against the teachings of Islam is acceptable in Islam. For example, clothing oneself, how one carries oneself, eating and drinking, societal relations, all this is accepted in different cultures and is not against Islam.”
Alluding to the lecture he delivered in Berlin titled, Islam and Europe: A Clash of Civilisations? Huzooraa said, “Listen to the lecture I delivered in Berlin as this will make things clear.” Huzooraa further added, “God has commanded us to off er prayers. Now, whether it be a German who is wearing trousers or a shalwar, or an Arab who wears a long robe, every country has their own style. The purpose is to follow the teachings of Islam and worship God.”
Further, Huzoor said, “Islam teaches to worship God, look aft er the wellbeing of humanity, and this is accepted by all cultures. Which culture, country or religion teaches to lie? Thus, the fundamental etiquettes are accepted everywhere.”
The sitting came to a close with a group photo.