Wednesday, April 8, 2020
At a time when we fight together as a state and nation against the Covid 19 epidemic which is spreading all over the world and threatening our country as well, we realize more closely how much health is a blessing for us and how an important responsibility the cleanliness which is the order of our religion is.
As a matter of fact, while on the one hand our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) draws our attention with one of his hadith al-sheriff of “Cleanliness is the half of the faith” (Muslim, Taharat, 1), and on the other hand, he emphasizes that health is one of the divine blessings that human beings are often deceived and do not know its value and waste it (Bukhari, Riqaq, 1). In addition to this, in case of falling into sickness because of any reason, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) commands us as; “O the servants of Allah (swt)! Get treated. Because Allah (swt) has definitely created a healing and cure for all sickness he ever created...” (Abu Dawood, Tibb, 1) and he declares the importance of treatment aphorismly. This clearly reveals that humans are obliged to seek healing, to be treated, to take all kinds of measures and to make efforts to live healthy by using their mind, knowledge and experience.
Likewise, our supreme religion, Islam, which aims the individual and the society to live in peace and security, also prohibits any substance and behavior that endanger health. In this respect, in these days when we feel that health is the biggest treasure, being more awared against the harmful habits and complying with the necessary measures to protect health is an indispensable responsibility.
Acting with those feelings and thoughts, I am greeting “the April 7 World Health Day” of all healthcare professionals and I wish for this meaningful day to contribute to establish the base of the sensitivity on the health and an effective consciousness and awareness.
In particular, I express my gratitude to our healthcare professionals who serve day and night with great devotion in the face of the epidemic we are experiencing and I request from the Almighty Allah (swt) that their efforts and works be accepted as sadaqah before Allah (swt) and that they are granted great divine blessings.
Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ
The President of Religious Affairs