Blame it on Tabligh! Politics still on
In the last century, most of the viral epidemics have direct or indirect relations with the practices that have been expressly forbidden in Islam.
Dr. Javed Jamil
In the midst of a life threatening crisis, the politics is still on. The media and the system is now bent on blaming Tablighi Jamaat for their “gross misconduct” in the midst of the Corona pandemic while they forget their own blunders. The Tablighi ijtemas are planned months in advance. People book their tickets several months before the actual date of travelling. If Corona spread in the people present in the Ijtema at Delhi on a date several days before the announcement of Lockdown, obviously it was because several attendees came from the foreign countries including Malaysia and Indonesia, which had already started reporting corona cases. The question is: why did the system take so long in acting? Had they started putting every single visitor from a foreign country in quarantine at the right time before allowing them to go to the destined place in the country, how could Corona enter India? How could these devoted tablighis get infected? The first step that was a must was to make sure that on every international airport in the country, every passenger from abroad was quarantined and in case he tested positive all the co-travelers too were quarantined. But this started much late when the visitors from Italy had already infected several Indian contacts.
The Markaz people say they informed the authorities about the event. If they did, the negligent officers must be punished.
Yes, markaz also acted slow. When the appeal for social distancing was being made, they should have cancelled the event or at least reduced it for those foreign visitors who had already reached the markaz. Instead of the three-day event, it could have been reduced to a single day programme. The Markaz people say they informed the authorities about the event. If they did, the negligent officers must be punished.
Anyway, when there have been huge rushes on the stations following the announcement of lockdown, when there had been mass exodus of the people from big cities, attempts to use the tabligh case and give it a communal tone is condemnable. All sides have made many mistakes. The first mistake was of course made in Wuhan when they failed to completely isolate the city and let the people travel out of it after the beginning of the outbreak.
When the appeal for social distancing was being made, they should have cancelled the event or at least reduced it for those foreign visitors who had already reached the markaz. Instead of the three-day event, it could have been reduced to a single day programme
Let’s all work together and pray to God to be merciful on the humanity and hope that this will result in the realization of the truth of the divine messages. In the last century, most of the viral epidemics have direct or indirect relations with the practices that have been expressly forbidden in Islam. Islam prohibited pork and most of the wild animals, promiscuity, homosexuality, prostitution and discouraged domestication of dogs. The five major viral killers in the last 100-150 years have been Swine Flue (more than 100 million deaths), HIV (more than 38 million deaths in last 25 years), Rabies (caused by dog bites), which despite huge vaccination drive, still kills more than 50000 in a year, Human Papilloma Virus, which causes Cancer of Cervix, which again kills more than 2 million (mostly women) every year, and Hepatitis B, which kills close to 1 million people every year. Pig farming, the so-called free sex, domestication of dogs and alcohol have been the major factors. In addition, circumcision has played an extraordinary protective role in the spread of all STDs including HIV, HPV and Hepatitis B, all of these being on considerably lower to hugely lower sides in the circumcised people, It might have saved more than 50 million lives within last 5-6 decases. It is therefore imperative on the part of the WHO to consider these facts in its future plan against viral diseases. My full paper on this issue can be read at the following link:
It will be worthwhile to reproduce its concluding paragraph:
“while in the modern world, practices are banned or promoted according to their impact on economics, in Islam, what is good for health is promoted and what is bad is either expressly forbidden or discouraged. The day the world adopts Islam’s Dynamic Paradigm of Health and makes life and healthiness of life as the chief criteria for developing legal, social and economic policies, the world will become a healthier and more peaceful place. But this is not likely to happen because the current world first commercializes the causes of the problems and then commercializes the solutions. Sex, alcohol, dogs, pigs – all are big industries and their solutions including vaccines and management are also big industries. Why would they then take steps that jeopardize market economy?”
* Dr Javed Jamil is a thinker, physician poet, writer and Islamic scholar with over twenty books to his credit including his latest, “Economics First or Health First?”, “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, “Muslims Most Civilized, Yet Not Enough”, “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Roadmap”, “The Killer Sex”, “Islam means Peace” and “Rediscovering the Universe”. He is currently Chair in Islamic Studies & Research, Yenepoya (Deemed to be) University, Mangalore, Karnataka (India). He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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