Hadith from Sahih Bukhariy:
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ زَوْجِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَتْ سَأَلْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَنِ الطَّاعُونِ، فَأَخْبَرَنِي “ أَنَّهُ عَذَابٌ يَبْعَثُهُ اللَّهُ عَلَى مَنْ يَشَاءُ، وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ جَعَلَهُ رَحْمَةً لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ، لَيْسَ مِنْ أَحَدٍ يَقَعُ الطَّاعُونُ فَيَمْكُثُ فِي بَلَدِهِ صَابِرًا مُحْتَسِبًا، يَعْلَمُ أَنَّهُ لاَ يُصِيبُهُ إِلاَّ مَا كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَهُ، إِلاَّ كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِ شَهِيدٍ ”
Translation of meaning: It is narrated on the authority of the Wife of The Prophet ﷺ [the mother of the believers] ‘Aaishah, she said: “I asked RasulAllah ﷺ about the plague, and he [ﷺ] informed me that it was a punishment sent by Allah on whom He Willed*; and Allah has made it a Mercy for Muslims; there’s no one [Muslim] in a country afflicted by the plague staying patient and steadfast therein, knowing that nothing shall afflict him except for that which Allah has Willed in his fate, except that he shall obtain the reward equivalent of a martyr.” [Sahiih Al-Bukhariy]
*- Other ahadiith state that it was a punishment sent to people from the Children of Israel.
As we stand on the dawn of Ramadzan 1441 H, let us pray to Allah by the dua of our Master Nuuh ‘ala nabiyyina wa ‘alaihis salam, for the forgiveness of our sins, and that the transgressors do not increase except in suffering, as taught in the Quran:
رَّبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِمَن دَخَلَ بَيْتِيَ مُؤْمِنًا وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَلَا تَزِدِ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا تَبَارًا
Translation of meaning: My Lord! Forgive me, and my [Muslim] parents, and whoever entered my house as a Believer [i.e., Muslim], and the Believing [i.e., Muslim] men and women, and do not increase the transgressors [i.e., kafirs] except in destruction. [Holy Quran 71:28]
 – Praying for forgiveness of nonMuslims [kafirs] is forbidden and constitutes apostasy, even if they are parents, as it is explicitly forbidden in Quran and Sunnah. The parents of our Master Nuuh, ‘alaihis salam, were Muslims, as is well known from multiple tafasiir and ahadiith.
 – The allusion of the word ‘transgressors’ (zdhaalimeen) is to the disbelievers, i.e., kafirs. (Tafsiir An-Nasafiy, and many others)