RNA – Hujjat al-Islam Muhammad-Sa’id Nu’mani, a Lebanese Muslim scholar, said the Coronavirus pandemic has had many negative impacts but one of its positive outcomes is making human beings aware of their weaknesses.
He made the remark in a video-conference meeting held to discuss the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic from a religious point of view.
The Iranian Cultural Centre in Beirut, Lebanon, organized the event on Friday.
Entitled, “Coronavirus: Disputations on Salvation,” it was the third such meeting in a series held under the name of “Coronavirus Debates.”
Hujjat al-Islam Nu’mani said mankind that has become conceited in modern times is now weak in the face of a tiny virus.
“The pandemic has awakened human beings and many have realized that in such conditions praying and faith in God can help them,” he said.
The cleric also noted that in some European countries where broadcasting the adhan (call to prayers) was banned, the ban has been lifted during the pandemic because they have realized the importance of faith.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the cleric referred to the belief in a saviour and said, “Nations have always sought a saviour during times of hardship."
The concept of a saviour has been present in all religions but Islam has clearly explained it and its purpose, the cleric went on to say, referring to verse 5 of Surah al-Qasas (28) of the Quran: “And We desired to show favour unto those who were oppressed in the earth, and to make them examples and to make them the inheritors.”
Other speakers at the vide-conference meeting included Shaykh Ahmad Qays, head of a Quranic studies centre, Mor Theophilos, George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, and Shaykh Tajuddin al-Hilali, former Mufti of Australia and New Zealand.