Nine Warnings over Corona-virus Outbreak

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Nine Warnings over Corona-virus Outbreak

 

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Dear Readers,

Due to the rapid spread of the Corona-virus across the entire world and all over our country, as a personal duty, I felt the urge to point out nine warnings concerning coronavirus. The warnings are a sincere advice and part of the previous notes on Corona-virus Outbreak that I have published lately. There is no doubt that I must issue these comprehensive guidelines since I feel extremely guilty if my notes make people safe and healthy and I am sitting in idleness. The following lines are my complementary warnings:

  1. The path of moderation and fairness constantly guides the human beings towards the truth as Allah the Almighty says, (وَكَذَٰلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا…) البقرة -143 which means “Thus, have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced “Quran, 2:143. In dealing with this epidemic, I notice that people are divided into two groups. A group of individuals hold extremist view regarding the virus. They suffer from excessive fear, panic and anxiety and they feel extremely frightened even with the slightest form of sneezing and coughing. The other group seems to be grossly negligence with regard to the dangers of the Corona-virus. They fail to follow up the doctors’ instructions and take the necessary preventive measures.

  1. According to this statement of Allah the Almighty which reads (…وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ…) البقرة -195-، “Do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction” Quran, 2:195, anyone who fails to adopt protective measures and lag in following the instructions of doctors and experts, let him know for sure that he is sinful by the extent of his exposure to the epidemic. In addition, if he succumbed to coronavirus, then he has committed suicide which is a Haram act in accordance with Islam. Hence, death is a natural experience but the manners of suicide and killing may vary.

  1. This fight against the epidemic is dependent on the cooperation of everyone, individually and collectively, without exception, because if an individual among one hundred people is infected, then the entire 100 individuals may be affected. It is worth mentioning a Hadith that was narrated by al-Bukhari (2493) in which the Prophet (PBUH) says, “Those people who are on a ship will remain safe entirely but if someone makes a hole in the bottom of the ship, they all will perish. Therefore, they must prevent that person to go ahead with his plan as a result both parties will be safe and they all will survive!”

  1. According to well-established scientific facts, the spiritual and psychological state plays an effective role on the human immune system, both negatively and positively. Therefore we must work hard to keep up our morale and mental well-being. We should maintain our inner calm and enjoy complete confidence in order to eliminate mental imbalance and be far away from anxiety and panic. That is to say, the fear of should not drive us towards a tragic demise, and we should not pave the way for suffering with any kind of disease. We must not surrender in the first place but we should alternatively build up a high resistance to the diseases.

And I sincerely inform my brothers and sisters that the best method which yields steadfastness, resilience, and reassurance is cultivating a strong relationship with God since Allah the Almighty says, (الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ) الرعد -28-، that means “Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”(28)” Quran, 13:28.

  1. Those who suffer from this epidemic must be dealt with in a dignified manner, and they should be perceived as respected victims rather than dangerous criminals, because:

A- It is our religious, national and humanitarian duty to look after them carefully.

B – If we deal with those infected people away from the showing sincere love and fraternal spirit, it is obvious that they may take cover in order to avoid the aggressive and impolite manner adopted by their own community because this abusive and rude behavior would harm them more than the Corona-virus!

  1. I wish everyone to take advantage of this extraordinary situation imposed by the Corona-virus on us to return to Allah and adhere to His commands, and follow His Path. If Muslims consider this pandemic as a rare opportunity to repent to Allah, they would reap a fitting reward rather than suffering a great deal of harm because this world is the place of tribulations and trials and we are merely guests in this Dunya as Allah the Almighty says, (الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا…) الملك -2- that means “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed” Quran, 67:2. Everyone is returning to Allah sooner or later since this worldly life is only temporary. The matter of death does not rely on the Coronavirus. Therefore, let’s fully equip ourselves with the necessary provisions on the path of returning to our Lord.

  1. This epidemic must be a valuable lesson to the Great powers and they must learn from your own mistakes. They should not be lured by their technological powers and turn a blind eye to belief in Allah and the Hereafter. They should not merely fantasize about grasping the matters of this life into their own hands and they should not even dream about doing whatever they wish without the consent of Allah the Almighty.

  1. We should be perfectly aware of the fact that there is no logical contradiction between trusting in Allah (Tawakkul) and resorting to the means of doing an action, but they are mutually complementary and supportive to each other. Tawakkul is a decisive action carried out by the heart and making full use of all available means is a physical effort. A clear moral can be drawn from the story of a Bedouin and his camel. One day a Bedouin entered Medina leaving his camel without tethering it. The Bedouin said: “O Messenger of Allah! Shall I tie it and rely (upon Allah), or leave it loose and rely (upon Allah)?” He said: “Tie it and rely (upon Allah).” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi: 2517 and Ibn Hibban in his Sahih: 2549, and it was graded it as Sahih by Al-Manawi.

Therefore, no one, under the pretext of Tawakkul and having unshakable faith, should refuse to adopt precautionary measures. In addition, no one, under the pretext of taking necessary measures, should turn a blind eye to unwavering belief in Allah and supreme self-esteem.

  1. The Corona-virus cannot be seen with the naked eye due to its tininess and smallness, however, its outbreak shook the whole world hardly, left the entire mankind open-mouthed, and inflicted tremendous losses on the economy of the superpowers estimated at trillions of dollars. Furthermore, the epidemic unprecedentedly moved the current world leaders, thus, there is no need to fiercely deny it and interpret it in a way that does not coincide with objective reality by saying the Corona-virus is nothing but a biological weapon. Rather, the virus should be dealt with logically and scientifically. I hope the whole nineteen notes and warnings would serve as a medium of understanding the epidemic thoroughly and perfectly.

Yours sincerely,

Ali Bapir

18th Rajab 1441 AH

16th March 2020 AD

Erbil

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