Everyone is in awe (fear) with the 2nd and 3rd waves of the pandemic which are wreaking havoc across the whole world. People are confined to the house, and those who do not respect the confinement, there are tickets for non-compliance with the confinement, and laws have been passed. [And here in Mauritius, some people are ignoring the warnings of the police and continue to circulate without following health advice and protocols]. The law states that anyone accused of non-compliance with confinement or non-wearing of a mask will have their conviction for this offense displayed on their character certificate.
Mauritius, there is a scare that governs in the neighbouring regions! The
villages will switch slowly into the red zone same as the towns [such as the
village of Canot]. The number of cases continues to increase, and the
containment which was to be removed on March 31, has been extended until April
30, 2021. The authorities have sealed the perimeters of the most infected
places, that is to say, the red zones. No one has the right to enter or leave
it except those who are in possession of special “Work Access Permits” [WAPs] for red zones, as well as children who
have exams, and the parents who accompany them. And until this ban is lifted,
everyone must abide by these limits so that the virus does not spread. Contact
tracing continues, and as I told you, the country (Mauritius) has hundreds and
hundreds of positive [local] cases.
personally, I fear for all mankind that the Astra
Zeneca vaccine would cause long term side effects.
In several countries,
the Astra Zeneca vaccination had to
be suspended, as around 40 [and even more] people who received the Astra Zeneca injection developed blood
clots. Covaxin is also yet to be
approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), but some governments are
ignoring this important [WHO] decision and endangering public health. People
are becoming vaccine guinea pigs for the Covid-19 coronavirus and its variants
against their will. To make the vaccine, there is the consent form which [the
authorities] must simplify and make clear to all people, and the government
must take its responsibilities and take charge of any adverse effects that may
arise [that would result] from it [that is, as a result of the injection of
form created psychosis [a state of panic and confusion] in the population;
dubious and dangerous clauses for the future of all those taking the vaccine
must be reviewed. You [i.e. the Government officials] have to tell them that
the risk of complications exists, and if there is anything, you will be there
to take charge of the situation. You will ensure that these people are taken
care of in the best way. The people are not fooled. At no time should you take
people as puppets or that you think people will obey you, especially when public
injustice and insecurity are at their peak.
said, the authorities are targeting a rate of 60% of people vaccinated against
Covid-19 to achieve collective immunity. [But are people really going to become
“immune” to this virus through these vaccines? The people and this humble
servant of God think otherwise]. To this day there are still people who refuse
to be vaccinated for their own reasons. What place will they occupy in society?
Will they be able to travel? Will they be allowed in public places? The
authorities hope to reach a rate of 60% in order to obtain the coveted
collective immunity, [because they say it is the] precious magic formula on
which the reopening of the borders depends.
some people flock to the available vaccination centres, this is not the case
for everyone. Whether it is out of fear, lack of information, ignorance,
uncertainty or their own reasons, there are people who refuse. A person should
be free to choose whether or not to be vaccinated. It’s his personal choice. No
one can force him to do it because these vaccines are not thoroughly tested,
and no one knows whether they are really good for humans or not. They are still
at the test level, and man is becoming a guinea pig [people are becoming guinea
pigs], especially the “front-liners”.
several legitimate questions remain. What will be the life of the unvaccinated
people in society when operations resume? What place will they occupy? In the
upper echelons of government, among those who make the decisions, things are
clear. Although nothing official has been communicated on this subject, it is
already indicated that the refusal or inability of an individual to be
vaccinated will impact their ability to travel. So, we don’t know if they will
really be able to travel or not.
countries will prohibit access to unvaccinated passengers. This will be one of
the criteria taken into account when applying for a visa. As for those who are
not eligible for vaccination, they will be issued with an exemption document.
In fact, the government is working on this type of document for those people
who, for medical reasons, are not allowed to be vaccinated. It is understood
that the certification and the format will be established in the near future.
However, it will be up to other countries to accept the document or not, as
they may allow certain types of stays and prohibit others. The controversy
swelled after cases of thrombosis were recorded in some European countries, including
Italy. Some countries have also stopped vaccination with Astra Zeneca.
the Ministry of Health’s side, it is understood that under the “Quarantine Act 2020”, a person cannot
refuse to be placed in quarantine on pain of being fined up to Rs.500, 000/=
and having a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years. The law makes no
provision for a person suspected of being infected with Covid-19 to remain in
isolation in their home if they refuse quarantine. It is clearly stipulated
that he must be placed in a quarantine centre provided for this purpose. The
person must comply with the regulations of the law. Failure to do so is to run
the risk of being prosecuted, fined and imprisoned.
aspects of a person’s life must be taken into consideration. Regarding public
safety, the law is very vague and does not take into account what can happen if
a person is suddenly placed in quarantine. With the burglaries that took place
in the absence of the owners, families will not be able to seek justice.
will be really difficult to determine who will take responsibility for these
crimes that are happening in the homes of those who had to leave everything
urgently and under government order for quarantine. In the current situation it
is like the family went on a trip abroad and their house was broken into in
their absence. Who will take the responsibility/ blame for it? There is no way
to prosecute the state or the police. If it is done by force, if they have had
to leave their homes against their will, there may be a valid and prosecutable
reason [for suing the state]. Victims must have the right to seek compensation
and justice from the law.
a suspected infected person is placed in quarantine, the entire neighbourhood
is informed within hours. Thieves take advantage of the situation. They break
into homes, open cupboards, furniture, safes, search drawers, and take
jewellery and other valuables.
in this time of confinement, they get their hands on anything they find in
their path. They steal everything: [not only] valuables, [but also] food, among
others. Article 308 of the penal code, which addresses cases of theft in
extreme conditions such as civil wars, riots, floods, among others, stipulates
that the state must imperatively secure the property of individuals who are
victims. Any burglary committed in the homes of these people is perceived as a
highly punishable offense by law but unfortunately this is not the case for the
offenses of burglary which are committed in the homes of individuals placed in
quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
is sad there is a Minister of Justice in Mauritius who claims to be the best
lawyer and who has studied in the biggest law school. What arrogance, Mister
the Minister! And you have the audacity to call the Mauritian people satans,
why? Is it that we - the people of Mauritius - are saying that we have to wait
for the World Health Organization to validate the Indian vaccine, Covaxin, before it is given to the
people? The government of Mauritius wants the Mauritians to use this vaccine
which is at the level of phase 3, and has not received the green light from the
WHO [because all these vaccines are still at the test level, and have not yet
had definitive and reassuring results]. And let’s not forget that even the
government of Mauritius and the manufacturers of these vaccines themselves do
not know how effective these vaccines are. The Mauritian people are becoming
guinea pigs so that the authorities can judge the intensity and effectiveness
of these vaccines. This is evident in the specific clauses of the consent form
where the government denies any responsibility if there is a life-threatening
complication from the injection of this vaccine.
let’s see what these vaccines are made of. In a BBC article, it is explained
that Covaxin has been designed with
dead coronaviruses, and that it is injected into people’s bodies so that their
immune systems can recognize the danger and begin to produce antibodies to
protect their bodies.
for the Covishield[Astra Zeneca], it has been created with
the flu virus common to chimpanzees. And this virus has been altered in the lab
so that it can resemble coronaviruses and so that the human immune system can
perceive it as a threat and begins to produce antibodies to defend the health
you see, man takes coronaviruses that they think are dead and injects them into
people’s bodies, not really knowing whether it will cure them [or prevent disease]
or not. They don’t even know if the virus can reactivate in a man’s body and
wreak havoc on his health and direct him to his death. So it is very sad that
stubborn governments put the lives of millions and millions of people in
danger. They use people as guinea pigs against their will to find out whether
these viruses are working or not. And most recently in the United States, we
learned that those who received their two doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccines
contracted the virus almost two weeks after taking the vaccines.
like I told you, these vaccines are not at all reliable. Many lives are in
danger because of the irresponsibility of these types of officers who are at
the head of their countries and whom their people voted, and there are even
those who have schemed [made bad plans] to come to power, to pocket millions
and to hurt the hearts of millions of people, and to bring them to their death.
These leaders pretend to have the best interests of their people at heart, but
when these people are forced to make vaccines which research and studies are
not completed and approved, then it is like they are saying to their people. : “Go and die!” And this is really sad.
For them, the world can suffer complications and die, as long as they - these
high-placed leaders - are in their luxury and comfort. They have millions and
millions of money so that they can live [well], while it is ordinary people who
are suffering. But for how long will they be able to do this [all this evil]?
There is an Almighty God Who is watching them. He is Patient and He knows how
to do His justice. It is in Him alone that we must place our trust, and it is
to Him alone that we must turn.
Pandemic Lockdown: Impact on Families
let’s see how home confinement creates several problems for the confined but
also creates circumstances where people learn to live with each other 24 hours
a day. I have learned that some of them take advantage of the lockdown
[confinement] to have as much fun as possible with their family. On the other
hand, as I told you, others face family crises related to these difficult
times. It also depends on how the person perceives the confinement. There are
students who see confinement as an escape route. As school is closed and the
students are on vacation (especially here in Mauritius), there are parents who
do not like to be around aggressive children. Likewise, there are women who do
not want to be at home with their angry and alcoholic husbands. There are many
more cases. With confinement right now [in the times we live in] there are
conflicts in couples and families in the home. One of the main reasons is that
some husbands tend to think of household chores and childcare as the sole
responsibility of women. So that creates tension within the family. Sometimes
it ends in physical and verbal abuse. Since we are in confinement, the child
hears everything and he in turn reproduces this pattern through violent
behaviour towards his parents. Although family conflicts vary from family to
family, it is important to seek help when you are faced with difficulties. The
goal is to have good mental health and to favour a friendly atmosphere at home.
education, we see automatic promotion for some students, and retention of exams
for others. Such is the new educational landscape of this third quarter which
has turned upside down with the second confinement. Automatic promotion at
primary level will lead to failure. Our system is still archaic. From
pre-primary to secondary, there is automatic promotion. If a student fails
Grade 1, how can he or she pass their [he/ her] Grade 4 exams? It must be
recognized that there are students who are in Grade 6 and who cannot read or
write. And so that the failure percentage is not high, the authorities are
lowering the “passing mark”. This means, even if a child receives a lower score
than usual [than what is usually recognized as a “passing mark”], then he will
pass his exams. Then the student’s level as well as the “passing mark” drop.
the Ministry of Education brags about the success rate, it turns out to be a
trick, because children do not have a good foundation. I tell you frankly that
it is a fact today that parents work and do not have enough time for their
children. Some have stepped down from their responsibilities, thinking that the
school must do everything, but it is important that a parent feels concerned
about his/ her child’s education.
the other hand, we must put an end to the appointment of people to important
positions. The floor must be given to teachers and other actors in the
education sector when there are decisions to be made. If we continue to focus
on automatic promotion, it will be a disaster. In addition, children have a
role to play. With free transportation, free education, exams that are paid for
by the state, some of them forgot about sacrifice and discipline. On the other
hand, we must also realize that not all children have the same ability to
learn. Also, it is our duty to help these children find their way.
automatic promotion at the secondary level, we should not act on a whim for
such an important decision. You know, after the last lockdown due to the
Covid-19 pandemic, we shouldn’t have come up with a new school calendar. Last
year when lockdown ended, we had the opportunity to update everything. There
were then five months remaining. We could have completed two terms and taken
the exams in November and December; at most till January 2021. This would have
made it possible to normalize the school calendar of 2021. Several times I have
personally addressed letters on this subject as a citizen of this country
despite the fact that I am not in the field of education because I am very
concerned with education in Mauritius. But unfortunately the government has
turned a deaf ear to this proposal. Now there is a re-containment, a 2nd
wave of Covid-19. The School Certificate (SC) and Higher School Certificate
(HSC) exams [as well as PSAC exams]
are maintained while for the others there is automatic promotion. The children
are already on vacation and the start of the school year is scheduled for June.
But there are still uncertainties and the vagueness persists. All this mess
could have been avoided with good planning, even in these difficult times.
my brothers and sisters, I must stop here for today. There are a lot of wrongs,
poorly planned decisions and incompetent people sitting in the chair [of power]
and not knowing how to make such an important decision during the Covid-19
pandemic. There is still a lot to be said of other sectors, such as the
increase in the price of food: vegetables, medicines, the problems of public
transport to go to the hospital; loss of employment, etc.
what I can tell you, we are heading towards a major global financial crisis.
The capitalist economy is self-destructive as was socialist communism. There is
only the Islamic model as an absolute remedy, which can protect us against any
economic instability. Insha-Allah.
Muslims! You are the vanguards - soldiers and protectors - of this world and
those who most deserve to rule it with Taqwa
[fear of Allah] and trust in Allah [Almighty God] and His help. I end with
these verses from the Holy Quran, and Insha-Allah,
if Allah (swt) gives me the Ilm
(knowledge), I will come with a separate sermon or speech with the help of
Allah to explain to whole mankind on the Islamic economic system, because it is
the Islamic economic system the system authorized by the Creator of the
universe Who knows what is beneficial for His creation.
says in the following verses of the Holy Quran: “Does He not know
what He has created when He is the Compassionate, the Perfect Knower (of all
“And Allah has full power and control
over His affairs, but most people do not know.”(Yusuf 12:22)
Allah help Muslims and all mankind to turn to Him alone, and seek His help
against all dangers that will come upon this world in these times of Qayamat [Day of Judgement / End of the
World]. May Allah have mercy on us and help us so that we can help His Cause in
the best way. Insha-Allah, Ameen.
----Friday Sermon of 02 April 2021~19 Shabaan 1442 AH delivered by Imam-Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam Hazrat Khalifatullah Munir Ahmad Azim (aba) of Mauritius.