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COVID-19: A global pandemic or the divine indignation?

COVID-19: A global pandemic or the divine indignation?
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The need of the hour is that we should behave like the responsible citizens and work for the welfare of all or at least of our own selves.

Faheem Ahmad

The global crisis, ignited by the novel coronavirus has entered a multi-dimensional discourse. No one is safe, almost everyone residing on planet earth is on the brink of getting infected by the deadly virus. In these pressing times, experts are debating its ill effects onhuman race, some areseeing COVID-19 as a capitalist-humanist battle while others are declaring it a biological warfare. Amid all these discourses, Muslimworld understands it in their particular viewpoint.An unbearable majority of Islamic scholars and intellectuals have declared this pandemic as wrath from God (Azaab-E-Ilahi). Is it really so? Let’s take a deeper look into this narrative and try to find a conclusive answer.

Considering the case of COVID-19, it has been declared a pandemic and we should not subscribe it as indignation from Allah SWT

Muslim Ummah has always been a favourite child of trying times and present situation is no different. Allah SWT says, “for We assuredly sent amongst every community a messenger (with the Command) ‘Serve Allah and eschew evil’: of the people were some whom Allah guided, and some on whom error became inevitably (established). So, travel through the earth, and see what was the end to those who denied (the Truth)”Al-Quran 16:36. The end described in this ayah is the indignation or the wrath from Allah which only comes after when truth is clear, still the disbeliever rejects it.When we read theQuran, we understand the above ayah in detail after learning the fate of various nations who rebelled against their prophets. They altogether rejected the truth when it was inevitably established to them hence were subjected to Allah’s wrath. No one among the community who had rejected the truth was saved, even the wife of Lut (AS) or the son of Nuh (AS) succumbed.

This divine wrath, when it comes, or is expected to come, has some characteristics:

  • This always comes on a non-Muslim rebel society who have rejected the truth established to them by Allah’s messenger.
  • This always comes after the explanations are given and some miracle has happened.
  • After the ‘messenger’ has left that community by Allah’s command.
  • Once this wrath comes it completes perfectly its target. It usually comes to finish a community or nation.

Coming to the final Prophet (PBUH) and his Ummah where in every believer has a mission of calling the people towards truth and abandoning the falsehood which basically is prophetic work, hence the people can be sinners by being astray for the time being but they cannot be rebelling and conspiring against the religion and its preachers.

As believers we trust on Allah (tawakkal) but our trust in Allah follows the chronology of first tying the camel and then tawakkal. We should take all the necessary precautions as advised by the concerned authorities.

There is a fine difference between a sinner and rebel. A sinner is one, who does acts that are against the law, but somewhere down the line knows and believes that he or she is not following the rule of law or doing wrong. With the result, sooner or later this sinner repents. But the rebel or the disbeliever does not believe in the law itself, being applicable or divine or appropriate. The right he or she commits is actually wrong, hence is usually subjected to the divine wrath.This anger from God is for a rebel, not for a Sinner. Considering the case of COVID-19, it has been declared a pandemic and we should not subscribe it as indignation from Allah SWT for the obvious reasons:

  • This disease is not confined to a particular community but is engulfing entire globe.
  • What’s important is this disease has only a fatality rate of 11%. People who get infected by this virus, given their immune system is strong, recover well. This is the most important proof against it being some divine wrath or indignation. (Even at the time, these lines were written, 502938 cases were recorded positive in the entire world, among which 121214 recovered and only 22339 died!)
  • We have seen famines and plagues before and there is nothing unusual in it.
  • No discrimination can be seen on religious grounds as was done with previous nations when they rejected the truth.

But remember, the Prophet of Allah would give superiority to blood of one Muslim over the whole Kaaba.

What should we do then when some miscreants among the society declare this pandemic as Azaab-E-Ilahi?

We should follow all the necessary precautions and follow the guidelines given by the experts and Government against the deadly virus.  Since no vaccine or medicine is available in the market yet,self-quarantining and social distancing is a must. We should educate our people both young and old against the harms coronavirus causes. As believers we trust on Allah (tawakkal) but our trust in Allah follows the chronology of first tying the camel and then tawakkal. We should take all the necessary precautions as advised by the concerned authorities. Some people have shown very stubborn behavior regarding the Friday prayers citing the case of tawakkal and love for Islam. But remember, the Prophet of Allah would give superiority to blood of one Muslim over the whole Kaaba. The need of the hour is that we should behave like the responsible citizens and work for the welfare of all or at least of our own selves.

What should we do then when some miscreants among the society declare this pandemic as Azaab-E-Ilahi?

We should follow all the necessary precautions and follow the guidelines given by the experts and Government against the deadly virus.  Since no vaccine or medicine is available in the market yet,self-quarantining and social distancing is a must. We should educate our people both young and old against the harms coronavirus causes. As believers we trust on Allah (tawakkal) but our trust in Allah follows the chronology of first tying the camel and then tawakkal. We should take all the necessary precautions as advised by the concerned authorities. Some people have shown very stubborn behavior regarding the Friday prayers citing the case of tawakkal and love for Islam. But remember, the Prophet of Allah would give superiority to blood of one Muslim over the whole Kaaba.

The need of the hour is that we should behave like the responsible citizens and work for the welfare of all or at least of our own selves.

Author can be reached at faheemmir617@gmail.com

Disclaimer: Views expressed are author’s own and do not reflect the stand or policy of Oracle Opinions.

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