The world nowadays adopts isolation and quarantine against spread of coronavirus.
Islam is the first system to enact hygienic rules to prevent outbreak of epidemics.
Isolation and quarantine are two of these rules enacted by Islam.
Rules for quarantine in Islam
Islam has established clear teachings for quarantine, including:
Patients with infectious diseases should be isolated at home or in hospitals.
They are not allowed to mix with others.
Regardless of his/her location (at home or in hospital), a patient is obliged to take care of other people’s health and protect them against infection.
Prophet Mohamed, peace be upon him, said in a Holy Hadith: “A sick person should not be taken to one who is healthy”.
According to Islamic teachings during ‘illness’, a patient should stay at home for several days and take some rest.
A patient should avoid contacting with other people, whether in mosques, markets or public stores.
A patient should adhere to all these rules to prevent spread of the disease and harming other people.
Quarantine in Islam:
Prophet Mohamed, peace be upon him, set the principle of quarantine to prevent outbreak of serious infectious diseases.
The Prophet’s teachings regarding this were evident on two epidemics: namely plague and leprosy.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) says: “If you get wind of the outbreak of plague in a land, you should not enter it; but if it spreads in the land where you are, you should not depart from it.”