On Friday, June 19, 2020, Imam Raouf Zaman of the Muslim Center of Middlesex County, New Jersey (MCMCNJ) delivered a sermon that was streamed live on MCMCNJ's YouTube channel. Criticizing Muslims who don't wear face masks or practice social distancing because they believe Allah will protect them and because they think doing these things is acting like the infidels, he said that disregarding the coronavirus guidelines is actually acting like the infidels, since it is primarily infidels who have rebelled against the stay-at-home orders because they want to go back to their pleasures, and who have seen the coronavirus restrictions as a humbug. Imam Zaman added that Allah never said that Muslims will be safe from disasters that He causes because of the wrongdoing and corruption of the disbelievers. For more about the Muslim Center of Middlesex County, NJ and Imam Raouf Zaman, see MEMRI TV clip no. 6483.
Imam Raouf Zaman: "In the beginning, we heard Muslims who were saying: 'We are not afraid of corona[virus].' And today, we are hearing the same thing, also: 'We are not afraid of it.' They don't bother to wear their masks, they don't bother with social distancing, and so on and so forth. Their claim is that we have faith and reliance upon Allah, and He is going to protect us, so we don't have to behave like the infidels are behaving. [They say:] 'We don't have to confine ourselves like the infidels are doing. Why are we following the infidels? It is Allah Who released the virus, and He controls it, right?'
"In reality, I think that such people are acting like the infidels, who they claim that they don't want to act like them, but they are acting like them. Because who are the ones who rebelled against the stay-at-home orders? The majority are the infidels, the disbelievers, who wanted to go back to their pleasures.
"People who refuse to wear masks in the presence of others – is it not the infidels? And if you are like that, if you also don't want to wear a mask, then you are acting like them. Who are the ones who see these restrictions on gatherings, movement, and so on as a humbug? It is the infidels who have been mentioning that out loud.
"Did Allah ever say that whenever He causes disasters and so on to occur – maybe because of what the disbelievers are doing, all of their wrongdoing and corruption and so on... Whenever He causes a disaster, did he ever promise you Muslims that you will be safe from it? He did not."