Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) relates: I asked Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) regarding the plague. So he informed me:
“Verily it is a Punishment which Allah dispatches upon whom He wills, and (at the same time it is) a Mercy upon the Mu’mineen (true believers). There is not a man on whom the plague falls, while he tarries in his house adopting patience, seeking reward, and knowing that nothing will befall him but what Allah has written for him, except for him will be a reward the like of a Shaheed. ”
(Saheeh Hadith recorded in Musnad Ahmad)
In another authentic narration, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) declared:
“The one who remains in it (i.e. while conducting himself in the correct manner e.g. fulfilling all his obligations such as the Jumuah and other congregational prayers) is like a Shaheed, and the one who flees from it (i.e. transgresses the Shariah) is like one who flees from the march (of the battlefield)*.” (Musnad Ahmad)
* In a Hadith recorded in Saheeh Bukhari, fleeing from the battlefield is listed, alongside such sins as Shirk and murder, amongst the seven destructive sins that doom one to Hellfire
Sibt Ibn al-Jawzi (rahmatullahi alayh) provides below a vivid description of a pandemic that befell the Ummah in the year 449 Hijri. Note the conduct of the Muslims rushing to fill the Masjids, which is representative of the behaviour of the believers (Mu’mineen) in every single of the numerous pandemics to strike this Ummah, to the extent that, in some instances of extremely severe epidemics sent by Allah to decimate an entire community, not a single believer would be left remaining alive in a region.
It is in such scenarios of trial and affliction does Allah Ta’ala inspire the true believers (men along with their families) to take advantage of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) promise of Shahaadat (martyrdom) – an instant cleansing of one’s entire of life of sins and a shortcut to eternal bliss – reserved exclusively for those who do not flee from the “battlefield”. In the context of an epidemic, fleeing from the battlefield and thereby ruining one’s eternal life, refers to failing to take the opportunity to turn to Allah Ta’ala in sincere repentance, to adopt excessive worship and Dua, and to avoid with utmost care, transgressing any of the Sacred Bounds of Allah.
Never in the entire, 1400 year history of this Ummah, throughout its numerous plagues, epidemics, and pandemics, did a single Faqeeh (jurist), nor even a single Munaafiq (a Kaafir masquerading as a Muslim) scholar, ever dare to come out and declare the suspension of Jumuah or the daily congregational prayers, as the pro(re)gressive, liberal LGBT scholars of today, “coming out” of the woodwork, have done in reaction to a so-called pandemic whose fatality rate (1% – 8%) is comparable to the survival rate of some of the real pandemics of the past.
The assertion propagated by such modernist progressives to befool the masses that the Fuqaha (Islamic jurists) possessed no understanding of disease transmission or were not aware of the self-evident fact that close proximity to others is a means (sabab) by which, or a circumstance in which, Allah Ta’ala often afflicts others with the disease of an already diseased person, is a lie and act of deception.
Even a Jaahil (ignoramus) of bygone times would have been well aware of the reality that by mixing with other potentially diseased people in the Masjid, he would have been “endangering” himself and his family with Shahaadat and eternal bliss. Taking permissible or recommended precautions without transgressing the Shariah such as avoiding coming out for other than necessities such as congregational prayers, is perfectly valid and does not negate the desire for Shahaadat in the same way a warrior in a real battlefield is perfectly entitled to wear extra armour. However, an atheistic concept of precaution or preservation of life which entails the destruction of the eternal life is in reality the destruction of both lives. It is akin to the one who flees from the battlefield, thereby earning eternal doom, for the sake of precaution and preservation of a few more seconds of this ephemeral life. His family who assists him (whether standing his ground or fleeing) falls in the same category as him.
The Fuqaha only denied the concept of contagion as propounded by the Mushrikeen of pre-Islamic times, the atheist scientists of today, and now adopted by the pro(re)gressive, modernist liberals masquerading as Islamic scholars. A separate article, insha-Allah, will cover the topic of contagion in light of the elucidations of the Fuqaha, which should also serve as an exposé of the acts of deceptions, distortions and outright lies perpetrated by pro(re)gressives, masquerading as Islamic scholars, in order to dupe the blind sheep whom they herd towards eternal destruction.
Not a single “Daleel” dangled as bait in front of their herd by such fraudsters is new or had escaped the countless Fuqaha throughout the ages. The ruling of extreme weather such as a thunderstorm excusing one from attending the congregational prayers, for example, is as old as Islam. Yet, never did Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) even hint at applying such a ruling to individuals in a genuinely deadly pandemic (e.g. one with a 90% fatality rate), leave aside a total suspension for the entire congregation, nor did the Perfect guidance and message he conveyed to the Ummah ever give such an impression to the innumerable Fuqaha (true scholars) who dedicated their entire lives to the correct understanding of the Qur’an and Hadith, throughout the long corridor of 1400 years, right up till these worst of eras, which, according to numerous authentic Hadiths, will herald a greater and greater preponderance of Dhalaal (misguidance) and Mudhilleen (those who misguide, including even sincere scholars who fall prey to misguidance), as we approach ever closer to the Final Hour.
Even from entirely decimated regions in which no one was left alive to attend to the masjids, thus causing some of them to close down, not a single Fatwa exists from any Aalim that even suggests the suspension of the obligation of attending Jumuah and other congregational prayers. The fact that the pro(re)gressives today are intentionally causing obfuscation in front of the masses, deceptively citing such closure of Masjids resulting from the total absence of people left to attend to the Masjids, and insidiously conflating it with the unprecedented capital crime of prohibiting what has been Waajib (eg. attending Jumuah) by the Ijma (consensus) of the Ummah for 1400 years, testifies to the latent evil of these fraudsters masquerading as scholars.
Allah, exalted is His praise, works in mysterious and wondrous way. By means of this virus, amongst the smallest of His creations, and even at that, an extremely lame one relative to the genuinely deadly pandemics of the past, He is thoroughly exposing the Munaafiqeen hiding amongst our ranks, and the Wahan (love for this ephemeral life, and a fear of entering the eternal life) lurking in the hidden recesses of all our hearts.
Remember that the Merciful Lord is also Stern in Punishment. Far worse Torments, worldly and eternal, await those who have acquitted themselves so disgracefully during this relatively mild test. Even in the laboratories of the Kuffaar such as the virus production plant in Wuhan, from whence this relatively lame Corona virus first emerged, there exists far more deadly specimens which Allah Ta’ala can cause to leak and be unleashed, at the appointed time, upon an unrepentant and wretched nation of Muslims who have decided, en masse, to commit an enormity of unprecedented proportions by voluntarily shutting down the very places to which we are supposed to flock to in sincere repentance and earnest beseechment to Him to withhold His Greater Punishment.
We shall, for now, suffice with emphasizing the fact that the Shariah was completed and perfected more than 1400 years ago. More than adequate guidance was provided by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) through his complete and perfect Sunnah, for the Ummah to have conducted itself in the correct manner in all of the numerous plagues, pandemics and other natural disasters to have descended in the past, by which Allah Ta’ala put to test the community of those who claim to be Muslims. It is through such “battlefields”, does Allah Ta’ala quickly sift the Mu’mineen from the Munaafiqeen of an entire community.
“In Jumāda ‘l-Ākhirah [of the year 449] a letter arrived from Bukhārā from Transoxiana that an unprecedented and unheard of pandemic occurred there such that 18,000 caskets came out of this region in a single day! Those that died were counted and they were 1,650,000, up to the writing of the letter. Those that survived from the people passed through these lands and saw nothing but empty stores and locked doors. The pandemic spread to Azerbaijan and then to Ahwāz and Baṣrah and Wāsiṭ and those regions, until large pits were dug and 35 people would be dumped in them…The copy of a letter written from Samarkand to Balkh arrived at Baghdād stating that each day 5,000, 6,000 or more righteous Muslims are being buried, and the stores are shut, and the people are engaged night and day in burying their dead and bathing them and shrouding them. Every house in which death entered, it would come to them all…From the houses of the heads and elite, more than 2000 houses of the city were shut, neither old nor young, nor free nor slave, nor heir remained. All the people repented and gave in charity most of their wealth and spilled wine and smashed musical instruments and remained attached to the masjids and reciting Qur’ān, and the women in the homes were doing likewise. Every house in which was wine, its inhabitants died in one night. Whoever had an unlawful woman with him, both died together. The administrator of a masjid died that had 50,000 dirhams and none accepted it. They were kept for nine days as they were in the masjid, and then four people came and took them and died with them. Everyone who bequeathed to another, the one bequeathed to died before the testator. Each pair of Muslims between whom was distance that did not reconcile died. 700 jurists were with Faqīh ‘Abdul Jabbār ibn Aḥmad and ‘Abd al-Jabbār and all jurists died…We came upon a sick person whose death throes extended for seven days and he pointed with his finger to a room of the house which we entered and searched and found wine in a container so we turned it upside down and Allāh saved him from death…It has been said from the start of Shawwāl to the end of Dhu ‘l-Qa‘dah, the caskets that came out of the doors of Samarkand were counted, and they came to 236,000. This pandemic originated in Turkistan a land of disbelievers and then came from there to lands of Sāghūn, Kāsghar, Shāsh, Farghānah and those regions and reached Samarkand on the 27th of Ramaḍān of this year… (Mir’āt al-Zamān, 19:12-14)