Leaving Sars infected area

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Q:) Can Muslims residing in areas affected by SARS leave to avoid the disease? Does it make a difference if they are living in a non-Muslim country?

A:) The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: "If you hear that plague has struck a land, then do not enter it. If it strikes a land while you are in it, then do not leave that land. [Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]

He also said: "Fleeing from a plague is like fleeing from battle." [It is an authentic (sahih) hadeeth related by Ahmad in his Musnad.]

He also said: "A servant who finds himself in a plague-stricken area and remains patiently in his land, knowing that nothing will befall him except what Allah decrees will have the reward of a martyr."

A plague is defined as any disease that spreads widely through the general public in a certain region. SARS is in fact a plague and fleeing from it is forbidden. It does not matter whether the plague-stricken area is a Muslim country or a non-Muslim country.

Answered by Sheikh Hasan Al-Jubayr

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