“Wash Hands, Don’t Leave, Don’t Visit” Prophet Muhammad’s timeless advice adorns US billboards in COVID times

Chicago: A billboard in Chicago outlines how the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) historically dealt with pandemics during his time to advice locals on prevention measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Wash your hands frequently, don’t leave infected areas and don’t visit infected areas,” the billboard says. The billboard was commissioned by a non-profit group called Gain Peace in the United States.

The guidelines are based on historic hadith, or narration, of the Prophet which has been widely shared across social media platforms since the current coronavirus outbreak began to spread across the world last year.

“When you hear that a plague is in a land, do not enter it and if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place,” Prophet Muhammad said, according to the narration ((Sahih al-Bukhari).

“Do not place a sick patient with a healthy person,” the Prophet adds in another narration (Sahih al-Bukhari).

The centuries-old advice has resonated with millions of people across the globe as Covid-19 infects more than 2,629,603 and killed 183,711 worldwide till this writing.

Practices like social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine are used worldwide to protect healthy people from potential coronavirus’ victims. These instructions deemed to mirror the advise of the Prophet, which appears relevant for the modern-day.

Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, Director of GainPeace, says “Islam is often a misunderstood religion, leading some to hold bias view of Islam with discrimination and suspicion of Muslims. This ad campaign provides an opportunity for general public to take a fresh and positive look at Islam through simple messages displayed on these billboards”.