THIS FAKE COVID EPIDEMIC

“THIS FAKE COVID EPIDEMIC”
(PROFESSOR MICHAEL PALMER)

Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2020 15:55:09 -0400

From: Michael Palmer mpalmer@connect.uwaterloo.ca

To: faculty@science.uwaterloo.ca

Subject: Re: [SciFaculty] Guidance on the detection of cheating in online tests

With all due respect, Barb, but the real cheating going on is this fake Covid epidemic. Yes, there is a virus and it kills some people, but the panic around it is created with fraudulent data. If you look at real data, it turns out that it is no worse than a flu.

The faked-up scare is used to defraud the economy and to rob the people of their freedom. And the faculty of science has its collective heads firmly lodged into its collective rears and worries about cheating students.

And, of course, about Covid funding. Because, we can make a difference, right? But if we can, why do we already know that it will all come down in the end to Billy Gates’ world-saving vaccine?

I tell you what this funding is good for: to get some academics invested in the scam, so that they will say all the right things in front of the cameras – through their masks, and with social distancing, of course. The same way it worked with the “climate change” bullshit.

I have long suspected it, but I had to see this to really believe it – the long-festering idiocy of academia has reached its terminal stage. It is beyond hope and simply should be put out of its misery. Complete waste of time, space, and money.

Have a good day,

Michael

GET ON WITH YOUR LIVES!

“The pandemic could end up no worse than a bad flu season.”

‘GET ON WITH YOUR LIVES! – OXFORD PROFESSOR SAYS.

“PEOPLE HAVE BECOME OVERLY FRIGHTENED OF COVID-19”

by Tyler Durden

Even though BoJo’s system of localized COVID-19 measures seems to be working, the unrelenting hysteria peddled by the British press has left millions of Britons traumatized.

Now, Carl Heneghan, a professor of Evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, is calling for the government to intervene and “proactively reassure” his young students that the coronavirus won’t kill them if they contract it.

He said exaggerated fears of the virus have led to “people going about their daily lives misunderstanding and overestimating their risk,” something with which many Americans can probably empathize.

And as parts of north Manchester remain on ‘partial lockdown’, the professor said introducing local lockdowns could do more harm than good by forcing people into their homes, potentially infecting other vulnerable people who live with them, especially as the temperature drops.

Professor Heneghan’s work has led to a lowering of the official death toll after he revealed COVID-19 deaths were being counted even if someone had subsequently died of other causes.

As we learn more about the virus, the pandemic could end up no worse than a bad flu season, the professor said, with a touch of hyperbole.

Heneghan’s work ‘reframing’ how COVID-19 deaths are counted could eventually lead to the world seeing far fewer deaths than were actually reported (while many still went uncounted). But as we’ve come to understand how to treat COVID-19 more effectively, society hasn’t recalibrated its fear of the virus.

“We reset how we calculate the death rates. We now need to reset how we communicate the risks of the virus.”

“I am concerned people have become overly frightened and throughout this pandemic, the fear instilled in people has been a real problem.”

“Many people misunderstand and overestimate their risk of Covid. This uncertainty is leaving them highly anxious and affecting schools, offices and how we go about our daily lives. The government needs to intervene to explain to people their true risks.”

But as the death rate has declined, it’s notable that cases and deaths have continued to decline even as society has opened up.

It’s all just one more reason to support the Swedish approach.

4 Muharram 1442 – 24 August 2020

COVID-19 Preventative Measures ‘Advice’ By A Scholar

Covid-19 preventation measures

Question: I’ve heard an audio clip of Ml Bham titled ‘Advice on Covid-19 – Preventative
Measures is Not Against Tawakkul (Reliance on Allah)’. Among the points he makes are:
 Taking preventative steps does not negate Tawakkul.
 Stop disputes, arguing and being judgemental.
 The importance of sympathy, kindness amidst the pandemic.
Ml Bham has, however, not made mention anywhere of the fact that never in Islamic history Muslims were stopped, debarred and prevented from entering a Masjid by fellow Muslims and scholars due to a pandemic, or due to not wearing a face-mask or due to not taking along one’s own Musallah. I also heard a clip of a very senior Aalim of Gauteng who was in Natal delivering Bayaans. I can see the difference between the two speakers. The senior Aalim’s point was that we are making the Masjid the (only) target, thereby turning these distancing stories into ‘religious-distancing’. This is very true! He also said that the (Muslim) organisations that are advocating masks and distancing themselves don’t do so in their own offices. He also made some other pertinent points stating that the very same organisations and scholars that advocate the guidelines don’t observe them themselves. Kindly comment. Shukran
Answer: Firstly, you should not listen to any of the ‘talks’ or ‘advices’ of the people who
have deviated and who are bulldozing the Deen, even if they may be ‘Ulama’. Their talks
are generally Zukhrufal-Qawl as described in the Qur’an Majeed, which means ‘Shaitaani inspired and adorned statements’. In fact, Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Some eloquent speech is (as effective as) magic.” (Bukhari)
The recent direct attacks against the Houses of Allah Ta’ala, against Allah Ta’ala Himself,
against Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam), and against the Teachings, Laws and
Commandments of the Shari’ah are crimes which no Muslim who applies a little of his/her senses will fail to see and realise. Indeed, these disgraceful crimes against the Sacred Pillars of Islaam CANNOT go unnoticed! Among the key-people guilty of these crimes and attacks are the very same ‘Ulama’ regarding whom you are querying.
Hence, these crimes are sufficient for Muslims who have realised and who are interested in the Haq to make them avoid listening to the talks and advices of such men, even if they possess titles of ‘Moulanas’ or/and ‘Muftis’ and even if they may be running organisations such as Jamiats and are doing other welfare and social works.
Secondly, the link you had sent has a Haraam picture of the ‘Molvi’. Furthermore, we went onto the link and found an enlarged Haraam background picture of his. This is sufficient to discard listening to his and all others (of his ilk and thinking) talks since these ‘Ulama’ openly and flagrantly disobey Allah and advertise their sins in public.
Furthermore, the pandemic’s emergence that we are witnessing has been traced to be the planning and plotting of the enemies of humanity – Gates and Co., as written by experts.
These Kuffar-atheists have now gone to the extreme of ‘Playing God’. They’re planning to
control mankind! Their plans also appear to be to the extent of depopulating the world! As Muslims who believe in Allah Ta’ala being the Controller, Manager, Sustainer, Nourisher and Protector, can we get plans more dangerous than those who wish to play ‘God’? May Allah Ta’ala destroy and backfire each and every plan and plot of these enemies of humanity. May He also disgrace them and expose them, Aameen.
Furthermore, it is sad, very sad to note how some Muslim organisations are playing an
‘active’ role in pushing for these agendas and plans of the atheists to ‘materialize’. Thus, it would behoved these ‘Ulama’ to preach to Muslims to remain rather firmly onto Deen,
instead of aiding the agendas of the atheists by offering Shaitaani-guidelines for Muslims to uphold IN THE MASAAJID, since to them the Masjid is the only ‘hot-spot’ of the ‘virus’.
It is truly ironical to witness how these ‘Ulama’ belonging to liberal-minded organisations that are in the fore in demolishing the Laws of the Deen by indulging in many un-Islamic acts such as airing female voices on radios, allowing women to appear on TV with themselves sharing the same studio, etc., plead, remind and repeat to Muslims of their communities to observe social-satanic-distancing in Deeni related circumstances, wearing masks (in the Masjid for Salaah) and avoiding shaking of hands! Yet, they are utterly silent and dumb in repeating the same amount of concern in discouraging women to drive, gallivant the malls with no Mahrams, Muslims arranging Haraam and Bid’ah ‘Sarbet’ (prewedding reception) parties, etc. in which together with the tons of Laws of Allah Ta’ala that are thrown out of the window, social-satanic-distancing and wearing of masks are also not observed! Their silence on these acts of shameless transgression is close to their silence on the Kufr of the Shi’as!
Hence, these activities and attitudes displayed by modern ‘Ulama’, renders them unfit in
certain important decisions of Deen like moonsighting. Yes, their confirmation of any Hilaal sighting in South Africa will NOT be given any Islamic credit!
May Allah Ta’ala keep us on Hidaayat and take us away from this temporary Dunya with
Hidaayat, Aameen. May Allah grant Hidaayat and Tawfeeq to the modern-liberal Ulama to change for the better, Aameen.
Was-Salaam

THE NAME ‘CORONA’ IS NOT COINCIDENTAL; IT IS A SECRETIVE SELECTION

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

Reading the information hereto your eyes will pop out.

This ‘corona virus’ is a fallacious ideology being spread under the cover of fear and hallucination.

Are you aware that this word rich in meaning, ‘corona’ is found in the Jews scriptural work, the Talmud?

In Hebrew corona is written thus קרא נא it means: to call.

To call who?

The answer is: the Jewish Messiah; not Dajjaal but Hashem or Moshiach.

According to orthodox Jewish belief the Messiah will be a liberal leader of Jewish ancestry who will demolish Masjid Aqsa and construct in its place the Temple of Solomon for Dajjaal.

According to the Jewish religion when that Messiah appears everyone will be hiding in their homes and they will be calling him with these words; ‘corona, corona, corona.’ (O our Messiah! Come! Come! Now come!’)

Furthermore, the novel corona virus has been dubbed Covid-19 by the Jews. And don’t take this too to be just a coincidence.

I always impress on the minds of readers that the Jews utilize words which have multiple meanings, which apparently mean something whilst the original purport is something else.

The word ‘covid’ appears in the Jewish Talmud in the first paragraph of the fifth chapter as masechet Berachot in this manner: אין עומדין להתפלל אלא מתוך כובד דראש.

It means: A person should not stand up for prayer as long as he does not have covid.

Now what is covid?

Jewish scholars explain its meaning to be humbleness. In other words, you should believe that we are nothing, and without Hashem (the Messiah) we can do nothing. Therefore we should call him with the word ‘covid’. We should humbly call him.

And what should we say?

We should say 19.

Now what is this 19?

19 is Sim Shalom (Grant Peace) – ask God for peace, goodness, blessings, kindness, and compassion.

The meaning of 19 is found in the Talmud. It is the 19th word in the Jewish prayer. In other words, we should repeat the 19th word with the word corona then only will our Messiah come and demolish the Aqsa Mosque and construct the Temple of Soloman for Dajjaal.

Now you may have understood how the Zionists put forward their plans undercover of dubious words.

Now reflect over the words of the Israeli minister of health and the words of the minister of defence. The one says that we have no trouble with corona, whilst the other says that our saviour, the Messiah’s advent is near.

Furthermore, the Chief Rabbi of Israel has announced that the Messiah will come this year.

Not so long ago you may have seen the trend which the Qadiyaanis started and the effort put into it by the slave of Jewish ideology in Pakistan.

Yes, you have understood 100%. It is for precisely this reason that everyone is being placed under corona lockdown in their homes.

It is not merely a coincidence that in this digital age the vaccine which is being prepared for this corona virus will efface from your mind the True Deity and implant in its place obedience to Dajjaal.

Therefore, stop using this word because there is no corona virus; it is just a myth and falsehood of the Jews.

Publisher’s Appeal: Do forward this eye-opening account and call upon all Muslims to safeguard their Imaan and Aqaaid.

LOCKDOWN

VIRUSES AND PLAGUES
Allah Ta‘ala is the Creator of viruses and plagues. Plagues are a punishment from Allah Ta‘ala for those who reject Him and a mercy for the true Believers (who gain the rank of a martyr if it causes them to pass away) [Musnad Ahmad #8305].
As many parts of the world go into “Lockdown”, it is a time to reflect: What has locked us down? Has the virus locked us down? NO. In reality, our sins have locked us down and drawn down this calamity upon us. Sins? What sins? As we often say: “I am not perfect,
but I am not a bad person!” So then what sins have locked us down? Let us peer deeply at our reflection in the mirror of the Quraan and Sunnah and see how good or bad we really are. Most of us will see our blatant disregard of the commands of Allah Ta‘ala
staring back at us.

lockdown

ISLAM AND PANDEMICS

ISLAM AND PANDEMICS

BY A U.K. STUDENT OF DEEN

THE ISLAMIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS PANDEMICS

 

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  a vivid description of a pandemic that befell the Ummah in the year 449 Hijri.   Muslims rushed 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 in the past, 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 to attend the Masjids, hence  automatic closure of the Masjids in such areas.

It is in such scenarios of trial and affliction that 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 engage in abundance of  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 pro(re)gressives to befool the masses that the Fuqaha (Islamic jurists) did not understand any concept of disease is a lie and act of deception stemming from either gross ignorance or gross kufr  concealed in the form of nifaaq. On the contrary, the focus of the Fuqaha and the Auliya was on  the explicit  statement of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) that a  plague is a Punishment and a source of Shahaadat. Therefore, the  material cause of the plague was of no  significance to the  Fuqaha whose sacred obligation was to only  state the Commands of Allah Ta’ala and  its ramifying consequences based on the Usool of the Shariah.

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. The idea of  foiling the Command of Allah Ta’ala is  utter kufr unbecoming of  entertainment by a Muslim. Only munaafiqs relish in such kufr.  Such  persons are akin to the one who flees from the battlefield, thereby earning eternal doom, labouring under the  baseless and mistaken of prolonging 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 and inherited by  the atheist scientists of today, and now adopted by the pro(re)gressive, modernist liberals and munaafiqeen masquerading as Islamic scholars. The imperative demand is to  firmly believe in  the Laa adwaa (no contagion) tenet  stated explicitly by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). 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) of the Salafus Saaliheen era who dedicated their entire lives to the correct understanding of the Qur’aan and Hadith.

Any interpretation which conflicts with the  clear meanings assigned to the Ahaadith by the Fuqaha of the Salafus Saaliheen era  are rejected with contempt. Such interpretations have absolutely no Islamic significance.  With the passage of time, according to numerous authentic Hadiths,  there will prevail an incrementally  greater preponderance of Dhalaal (misguidance) and Mudhilleen satanic ‘scholars’  who pose as ‘ulama’. They are experts in the sphere of  misguidance.  Even some even sincere scholars, due to their short-sightedness,  fall prey to their  misguidance. This will increase 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 to hoodwink 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 ways. 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 (lurid and intoxicating 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 Allah 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 times of calamity, in sincere repentance to earnestly beseech Allah Ta’ala 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  conduct itself in the correct manner during plagues, pandemics and other natural disasters by which Allah Ta’ala put to test the community of those who claim to be Muslims, and to punish the  rebelliously evil ones. It is through such “battlefields”,  that Allah Ta’ala quickly sifts the Mu’mineen from the Munaafiqeen of  the community.

1 Sha’baan 1441- 26 March 2020

ONLY MUNAAFIQEEN CANCEL SALAAT

Munaafiqeen Cancel Salaat25032020

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

 

The Cancellation of Salaah and the Baseless Excuse of a Munaafiq

 

Whenever Allaah Ta`aalaa sends down any test upon the Muslims, there are those who pass this test with flying colours and there are those who fail this test miserably, being flung on account of it into the pit of Jahannam. Throughout the history of Islaam and right until the time when Allaah Ta`aalaa takes the very last Muslim away from this Dunyaa, there will be tests. These Tests separate the wheat from the chaff; they separate the sincere Muslims (`Ibaadallaahil Mukhlaseen) from the munaafiqeen; they separate those who truly believe in Allaah Ta`aalaa from those who are only “Muslim” in name.

 

One of the most recent tests is that of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and this test from Allaah Ta`aalaa has truly exposed the munaafiqeen most thoroughly. It has exposed the fact that most of the so-called “Ulama” do not – and have never – truly believed in Allaah Ta`aalaa. Their Imaan is as flimsy as a cobweb. Their tawakkul is in America.

 

They may outwardly deny this, but in reality, in the back of their minds they know this to be true: they laugh at the belief that it is Allaah Ta`aalaa Who controls both sickness and cure. They hypocritically claim to believe this, but they know as well as we do that they do not truly believe that. They consider this belief to be stupid, backwards, regressive, old-fashioned, dangerous and something which “puts Muslims in a bad light in the eyes of the non-Muslims”.

 

That is a major disease in the hearts of these “Mozlems”: they are forever worried about “what the non-Muslims will think about us”. They care more about the “judgement” of the so-called “non-Muslims” than the Judgement of Allaah Ta`aalaa. They are always “apologising” to the so-called “non-Muslims” on behalf of Allaah Ta`aalaa, wal-`Iyaadhu Billaah. They feel that they need to apologise to the “non-Muslims” for Allaah Ta`aalaa having revealed this “oppressive, fundamentalist, backward, old-fashioned, terrorist religion” known as Islaam.

 

This “coronavirus (COVID-19)” has brought every last munaafiq “scholar” in the world out of the woodwork, and Shaytaan would be proud of them. The Arab Kaafir regimes were in the forefront to close down the Masaajid and ban the Salaah, and their grovelling, bootlicking munaafiq “scholars” were quick to defend it.

 

Never in the past has Iblees had it as easy as he has it today. He can comfortably retire. The Ulamaa-e-Soo are striving to outdo both him and Dajjaal in spreading kufr and munkar throughout the world. With one “coronavirus”, they have gotten rid of Islaam in entirety. Long ago already the munaafiqeen had “interpreted” away Jihaad as either: a) being some “ancient” part of Islaam that was abrogated centuries ago and which must be apologised for, or b) that Jihaad actually means “to strive hard in politics, to have a democratically elected president,” or “to strive hard in advocating human rights”, which to them refers to feminism and gay rights, thus in their minds a “mujaahid” is someone who joins the “gay pride” marches, protesting and “striving hard in advocating LGBTQ+ values and freedom of expression”.

 

Munaafiq Menk would happily be at the forefront, raising high the “gay pride” flag and marching. These Munaafiq “scholars” will soon march with the cross as well.

 

صورته اليوم هو في أول الطابور, يحمل الصليب الضخم الكبير ويسير…

 

Thus, long ago already had they done away with Jihaad, and now with the coronavirus they have done away with Salaah, Hajj, `Umrah and the Sunnah in one go. Already they are having discussions about cancelling Sawm (fasting) as well, because they believe that it will lower the person’s immune system and put them at greater risk of “contracting the coronavirus and dying”, thus, according to their fabricated principles, “it is your duty to not fast”. They have never been giving Zakaat so that does not even factor, thus in one go there is no longer Salaah, Zakaah, Sawm (fasting), Hajj, `Umrah, Jihaad or the Sunnah, because acting on the Sunnah results in people contracting and spreading the coronavirus, according to them.

 

All of the munaafiqeen organisations have thus come out to cancel Islaam: the “Jamiats”, the MJC (Murtadd Juhalaa Council), etc., as well as the Munaafiqeen-In-Chief like Munaafiq Menk, Taha Karaan, Yasir (Yes-Sir) Qadhi, etc. The kuffaar governments had not even brought in any laws yet when the munaafiqeen rats, the “Tujjaar-ud-Deen”, the “Dajjaalian Scholars” had begun squawking like parrots in the trees, ever eager to please their masters (America and its allies), ever eager to grovel, ever eager to bootlick, to kowtow, to snivel, ever yearning for “acceptance” from the kuffaar.

None of the munaafiqeen have presented any scrap of true daleel to justify the widespread shutting down of the Masaajid, the cancellation of Jumu`ah, Jamaa`ah, Taraaweeh and possibly Eid as well if their masters have not yet given them the “green light” to go ahead with it by that time.

 

Recently, “Yes-Sir” Qadhi (groveler-in-chief) presented a so-called “daleel” for closing down the Masaajid. Now, Yes-Sir Qadhi is not someone whose words hold any weight for true Muslims. His words are only meant to be printed on toilet roll and used by someone who has had a bad case of diarrhoea. Nevertheless, because some Muslims asked us about this so-called “daleel” of his, we shall briefly respond to it, إن شاء الله.

 

Yes-Sir Qadhi quotes the following passage from al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah of Imaam ibn Katheer رحمة الله عليه:

فلمّا مات استخلف على الناس عمرو بن العاص فقام فيهم خطيباً فقال:

أيّها الناس، إنّ هذا الوجع إذا وقع فإنّما يشتعل اشتعال النار، فتحصّنوا منه في الجبال. فقال أبو وائل الهذلي: كذبت والله لقد صحبت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وأنت شرّ من حماري هذا. فقال: والله ما أردّ عليكم ما تقول، وايم الله لا نقيم عليه. قال: ثم خرج وخرج الناس فتفرّقوا ودفعه الله عنهم.

قال: فبلغ ذلك عمر بن الخطاب من رأى عمرو بن العاص فوالله ما كرهه

This passage is on the chapter of the Plague of `Amwaas wherein 25,000 people died, according to Imaam al-Waaqidi رحمة الله عليه, or 30,000 people according to others. Many great Sahaabah died in this plague, including:

 

  1. Hadhrat Abu `Ubaydah ibn al-Jarraah رضي الله عنه
  2. Hadhrat Abu Maalik al-Ash`ari رضي الله عنه
  3. Hadhrat Mu`aadh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه
  4. Hadhrat Yazeed ibn Abi Sufyaan رضي الله عنه
  5. 5. Hadhrat Haarith ibn Hishaam رضي الله عنه[1]

In fact, both Hadhrat Abu `Ubaydah رضي الله عنه and Hadhrat Mu`aadh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه died from the plague after asking Allaah Ta`aalaa to give them that sickness so that they would die from it.

 

Nevertheless, the above passage from al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah states that after Hadhrat Mu`aadh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه passed away and Hadhrat `Amr ibn al-`Aas رضي الله عنه was placed in charge, he told them that this plague spreads like fire, thus they must “seek shelter” in the mountains, and the narration then states that they تفرّقوا (dispersed) and Allaah Ta`aalaa removed the plague. When the news of this was taken to Hadhrat `Umar رضي الله عنه, he did not dislike it.

 

“Yes-Sir” Qadhi then makes the following baseless statement:

 

“It is reasonable to assume that the prayers were suspended.”

 

This is the apex of his “daleel”: “it is reasonable to assume.”

 

“To assume.”

Since when has there been an addition to Usool-ul-Fiqh? Has anyone heard about this? We certainly have not. We know that the Ahkaam of Sharee`ah are derived from four sources: two of them being primary and two being non-primary. The two Primary Sources are Qur’aan and Sunnah. The two non-primary sources are ijmaa` and qiyaas, that being qiyaas done by a Faqeeh, and there are no Fuqahaa today.

 

Where do “assumptions” fit in?

 

Perhaps we need to rewrite the Kutub of Usool-ul-Fiqh to make this very important change: Qur’aan, Sunnah, Ijmaa`, Qiyaas and the Assumptions of Yasir Qadhi. There are now five sources of istidlaal.

 

فإلى الله المشتكى وهو المستعان…

A few points to briefly debunk his ridiculous “assumption”:

 

1) As stated above, we have established sources of istidlaal. History books are not one of those sources. Daleel is Qur’aan and Sunnah, and for those who are not Mujtahideen, they refer to the Kutub of Fiqh. The Kutub of taareekh as not used for daleel for a very simple reason: tahqeeq has not been done for most of the Kutub of taareekh. Hence, you can find baseless or weak narrations in many Kutub of taareekh. Shias commonly go through the books of taareekh to dig out baseless narrations which they feel are in support of Shi’ism and which “paint a bad picture of the Muslims”.

 

However, the narrations they present are mawdhoo`aat, baseless lies. Hence, we state emphatically: Ahkaam of Deen are not derived from history books.

 

In fact, according to the Hanafi Madh-hab, if an Aayah of the Qur’aan gives a particular ruling, then a person cannot add onto that ruling with even a Hadeeth if that Hadeeth is from the Aahaad (solitary narrations), as stated by Fakhrul Islaam al-Bazdawi رحمة الله عليه and others.

 

Let alone naskh (abrogation), even ziyaadah `alan-nass is not permissible unless the Hadeeth is mutawaatir, or mash-hoor as stated by Imaam ibn Ameer Haajرحمة الله عليه in at-Taqreer wat-Tahbeer.

 

Now, the Jumu`ah Salaah is Fardh-e-`Ayn according to the Hanafi Madh-hab, and the one who denies it is a Kaafir, as stated in Radd-ul-Muhtaar `alad-Durril Mukhtaar, and the daleel for this is the Aayah:

 

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلاةِ مِنْ يَّوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَى ذِكْرِ اللهِ وَذَرُوا البَيْعَ

 

{“O you who have Imaan! When the nidaa (call) for Salaah is made on the Day of Jumu`ah, then hasten to the Dhikr of Allaah (the Khutbah and Jumu`ah Salaah) and leave off trade…“}

 

[Soorah Al-Jumu`ah, 62:9]

 

These munaafiqeen want to cancel something that is Fardh-e-`Ayn, established as qat`iyy (definitively proven and undeniable) by the Qur’aan Kareem, on the basis of an “assumption” made by a “Yes-Sir Qadhi” because of something he dug out of a history book? Because they are munaafiqeen, they take the Deen of Allaah Ta`aalaa as a joke, but the true Muslims happily give their lives for this Deen. In fact, a true Muslim happily gives his life for the protection of a single Sunnah from the Sunan of Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم.

 

2) Even if this narration is accepted as Saheeh, nowhere does it state that Salaah was “suspended” as the munaafiq claims. The munaafiq also claims that the Sahaabah spent months in this condition, but this too is not mentioned. It is another “assumption” from his own side. This is a person who has based his entire religion upon “assumptions”.

 

Another person can “assume” that تفرّقوا means this: those who were healthy separated from those who were sick, and those who were healthy performed Jumu`ah together, and those who were sick performed Jumu`ah together. Why is that assumption not “reasonable” as well?

 

Istidlaal is not done using a history book, especially not when the incident cited has multiple ihtimaalaat (possibilities).

 

Anyone who has studied taareekh (history) and knows the ways of the mu’arrikheen knows that the method of the old mu’arrikheen was to compile all narrations concerning a particular incident, and they would present these incidents in their kutub, because they focused primarily on jam` (collecting) and not on tahqeeq.

 

A well-known example of this is the case of Imaam al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadi رحمة الله عليه with Imaam Abu Haneefah رحمة الله عليه: a person who reads through the books of Imaam Khateeb al-Baghdaadi will find so many narrations insulting Imaam Abu Haneefah رحمة الله عليه that he would think that there must have been some enormous enmity on the part of Imaam Khateeb al-Baghdaadi towards Imaam Abu Haneefah and the Hanafi Madh-hab. Yet, if he reads those very same kitaabs, he will also find many narrations praising Imaam Abu Haneefah رحمة الله عليه very highly.

 

Hence, the `Ulamaa have explained that Imaam Khateeb al-Baghdaadi simply gathered everything he had heard regarding Imaam Abu Haneefah and presented these in his Kitaab, regardless of whether those narrations were authentic or not. These mu’arrikheen expected those who came after to do tahqeeq of those kutub of taareekh, sorting out what is authentic from what is not authentic.

 

Now, if a person were to adopt the methodology of Yes-Sir Qadhi and the other Ulama-e-Soo who try to look for daleel for their baatil views in the books of taareekh, then this person will come across these kitaabs of Imaam Khateeb al-Baghdaadi and arrive at the conclusion that Imaam Abu Haneefah رحمة الله عليه was not even a Muslim – والعياذ بالله – and that the Ahnaaf are “like Christians”, thus he uses this as “proof” that the other three Madhaahib are on Haqq and the Hanafi Madh-hab is on Baatil, when in reality those narrations are nothing more than baseless lies.

 

Thus, matters of `Aqaa’id and Ahkaam are only taken from rigorously authenticated sources.

 

3) If the Fuqahaa and `Ulamaa of Islaam were in the habit of closing down the Masaajid and cancelling Salaah each and every time there was a plague or pandemic, it would be well-known. There would be no need to hunt through the kutub of taareekh to pull out an incident which 1) he cannot prove as being saheeh, qat`iyy-uth-thuboot and 2) which has multiple possibilities. The very fact that he had to labour to scratch out this incident shows that this “cancellation of Salaah” is not something well-known among the `Ulamaa for 1,441 years. There have been many plagues over the years; this is not the first.

 

4) If the people had completely cut off from each other, like he claims, not even performing Salaah together, then what happened to those Muslims who died? Did each person simply die by himself and lay where he was, rotting away, not being buried? There was no janaazah Salaah and no burial?

 

If he says that there was burial and Janaazah Salaah, that means they had to come together. If they could congregate for Janaazah Salaah – which they would have to be doing very frequently, because people were dying every day – why could they not congregate for Jumu`ah Salaah which is only once a week? Does that make sense to any person with `aql (intellect)?

 

5) Why restrict this cancellation of Salaah to only the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Why not also cancel Salaah for the flu, TB, AIDS and the many other “contagious” illnesses?

 

Currently, approximately 15,496 people have died from this COVID-19 according to worldometers.info, but WHO puts the number of deaths from the common flu each year at somewhere between 290,000 to 650,000. That is significantly higher than COVID-19, to say the least.

 

Hence, we pose this question to them: “If the Masaajid must be closed down and Salaah cancelled because of COVID-19, why must the same thing not be done in the case of the common flu? More people have died from the flu than from COVID-19. According to worldometers.info, approximately 100,657 people have recovered from COVID-19. The very kuffaar that you people worship claim that most of those who die from COVID-19 are old people who were already suffering from other illnesses.

If the Masaajid must be closed due to the risk of contracting the coronavirus, why must they not be closed due to the risk of contracting the flu, or TB? You could be performing Salaah in the Masjid next to someone who has TB, and he is coughing next to you the entire time, and thus you contract TB. Why, then, must the Masaajid not also be closed to prevent the risk of getting TB?”

 

Every single argument they present in favour of closing the Masaajid and cancelling Salaah due to COVID-19 applies in the case of the flu.

 

They believe that we must reject the command of Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم to “stand shoulder to shoulder” and instead stand two meters apart, due to the risk of contracting COVID-19. Why must a person not do the same due to the risk of catching the flu from the next person?

 

In fact, there is always some risk or the other involved in performing Salaah next to people in the Masjid, as you do not know what illness the next person has, so why not permanently shut down all Masaajid and cancel Jamaa`ah Salaah, Jumu`ah, Taraaweeh, `Eed, etc., indefinitely? Why “take the risk”? Is the “principle of saving lives” not more important than Jamaa`ah Salaah?

 

Why run the risk of getting the flu or TB on account of performing Salaah in Jamaa`ah, instead of performing it individually at home? Why is it okay for a person to run the risk of getting the flu and dying, or getting TB and dying? Why, in the case of the other “contagious” illnesses, is it okay to run the risk of contracting them due to performing Salaah next to other people, using towels in the Masjid that other people have used, shaking hands with people, eating out of the same plate with people (as is the Sunnah), etc.?

 

We want them to answer these questions.

 

6) As stated earlier, the Kuffaar claim that 15,496 people so far have died from COVID-19. Compare this to the plagues of the past:

 

  • The Black Plague, known also as the Great Plague, the Great Bubonic Plague, Pestilence, the Great Mortality and the “Black Death”, killed 200 million people worldwide. It wiped out 60% of Europe’s population. It took Europe over 200 years to recover from the Black Plague. Some places, like Florence, only recovered in the 19th century despite the Black Plague having broken out in the 14th century.

 

  • The Cocoliztli epidemic, in the 1500s, killed 15 million people.

 

  • The Spanish flu, which broke out in 1918, killed 50 million people.

 

  • The Asian flu, which broke out in 1957, killed 1.1 million people.

 

  • The Swine Flu, which broke out just a few years ago in 2009, infected 1.4 billion people around the world and killed up to 575,400 people, according to the CDC, and, unlike COVID-19, it killed mainly those younger than 65.

 

These are just a handful of plagues. There have been many more in the past.

 

Take just the Black Plague, for example, which killed 200 million people: why did the `Ulamaa at that time, in the 14th century, not call for the Masaajid to be closed down and Salaah to be cancelled? Why did Salaah continue like normal? 200 million people versus 15,496: that is a massive difference. Did the `Ulamaa back then not understand Islaam? Did they not know about the “Maqaasid-ush-Sharee`ah” and the “principle of saving lives”? Did they not know the Aayah:

 

ولا تلقوا بأيديكم إلى التهلكة

 

{“Do not throw yourselves, by your own hands, into destruction…“}

 

(This Aayah, as a matter of fact, refers to abandoning Jihaad. The Qur’aan says that those who abandon Jihaad are throwing themselves into destruction by their own hands.)

 

Did they not know about this incident from al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah which Yes-Sir Qadhi has quoted? The difference is simply that the so-called Ulama of today are severely lacking in Imaan and Tawakkul. They do not believe in the Power of Allaah Ta`aalaa. They believe only in the so-called “power” of the West.

 

Yes, the Fuqahaa of the past stated that those who are sick are exempted from coming to the Masjid, but never did they call for the closure of the Masaajid and the suspension of even Hajj itself.

 

7) Rasoolullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

 

من ترك ثلاث جمع تهاوناً بها طبع الله على قلبه

 

“Whosoever abandons three Jumu`ahs due to taking it (the matter of Jumu`ah) lightly, Allaah will place a seal on his heart.”

 

[Narrated in Sunan Abi DaawudSunan at-Tirmidhi and Sunan an-Nasaa’i.]

 

Explaining this Hadeeth, Imaam al-Munaawi رحمة الله عليه states in Faydh-ul-Qadeer that “placing a seal on his heart” means:

 

يصير قلبه قلب منافق

 

“His heart will become the heart of a munaafiq.”

 

Obviously, the governments will impose restrictions: that is entirely expected. The governments are not Muslims, thus they do not rule according to the Laws of Islaam. Hence, they will act according to what they believe is most suitable for the welfare of the people. It is expected for them to impose restrictions, but it is not befitting for the so-called “Ulamaa” to have out of their own decided to shut down the Masaajid, cancelled the Hajj, cancelled Salaah, imposed the haraam, Baatil “two meter distance” in the Masaajid, etc. That they did from their own side – they were not compelled to do so. Hence, they will have to answer for that on the Day of Qiyaamah.

 

Finally, to those who believe in throwing out the Sunnah simply on the basis of flimsy excuses: know that when people abandon a Sunnah, Allaah Ta`aalaa takes away from them the Tawfeeq to act upon it thereafter, even if they want to. They will have to bleed in order to act upon it once again.

 

يا مثبّت القلوب ثبّت قلوبنا على دينك

ربّنا لا تزغ قلوبنا بعد إذ هديتنا وهب لنا من لدنك رحمة إنّك أنت الوهّاب

والله تعالى أعلم وعلمه أتمّ وأحكم

– Muhammad Huzaifah ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim

Monday, 28th of Rajab, 1441 – 23rd of March, 2020.


[1] He was the brother of Abu Jahl, `Amr ibn Hishaam. He accepted Islaam on the day of the Conquest of Makkah, and he became a very great Sahaabi and was an Ameer in the battlefield.

30 Rajab 1441 – 25 March 2020

 

What COVID-19 has uncovered

Allāh created the Heavens and the Earth and based their creation on the Sunan (laws) that govern their existence. Gravity is an example of such a law. If the Earth’s gravitational pull fluctuated and was irregular, the Earth would not be habitable. Likewise, if the boiling or freezing point of water were inconsistent, life would be impossible.

Allāh said:

لَا الشَّمْسُ يَنْبَغِي لَهَا أَنْ تُدْرِكَ الْقَمَرَ وَلَا اللَّيْلُ سَابِقُ النَّهَارِ وَكُلٌّ فِي فَلَكٍ يَسْبَحُونَ

“It is not permitted for the sun to catch up to the moon, nor the night to outstrip the day; each swims along in its own orbit.”[1]

One of the universal features of creation is utmost consistency and regularity, almost like a mathematical equation.

Allāh said:

سُنَّةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلُ وَلَنْ تَجِدَ لِسُنَّةِ اللَّهِ تَبْدِيلًا

“[This is] the Sunnah of Allāh that has occurred before. Never will you find in the Sunnah of Allāh any change.”[2]

These universal laws of Allāh are not restricted only to matters of nature, but rather extend to the manner in which Allāh deals with mankind and how He interacts with His creation. There are also Sunan that govern this and, yes, they are also fixed. Thus, if a believer wants to understand how Allāh interacts with His creation, it is a necessity that he ponders over such Sunan  that have been mentioned throughout the Qur’ān and Sunnah. Examples of these fixed laws include:

– The nurturing of Imān and working of good deeds will bring about a “good life”.

– The punishment for oppression has to appear in this world before the next.

– When sins prevail, Allāh will send messages of warning to humanity by releasing calamities upon them.

The COVID-19 pandemic is tearing through the human population at an alarming rate as even the most powerful of humanity watch on in despair. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, as the US unveils a rescue package of around 2 trillion dollars.[3] The president of China has described the virus as “a devil”[4] and “the country’s most serious public health crisis.”[5] French President Emmanuel Macron said that the coronavirus epidemic was “France’s worst health crisis in a century.”[6] German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that “up to 70% of the country’s population – some 58 million people – could contract the coronavirus”[7], whilst Boris Johnson said “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.”[8]

COVID-19 has covered the world. It has covered headlines, as well as the minds of humanity. Yet it has also uncovered so many matters that had been – in the lives of many – obscured for all too long:

1) It has uncovered the helplessness of man and the Might of Allāh

China staged its largest ever National Day military parade in Beijing, putting some of its most advanced and powerful weaponry on show to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule. President Xi Jinping said in a speech commemorating the anniversary, “There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation.” Yet only a few weeks later, a microscopic and ‘undeveloped’ capsule shook not only China but the rest of the world: the coronavirus.

Wherever you turn, you can’t help but see it in their eyes, hear it in their conversations, sense it from their body language, and witness it in their buying; terror (compounded by ignorance) of what is a tiny, invisible, and completely silent soldier of Allāh. This is the time to release your gaze into the Heavens in wonder, as your heart confesses: “How Supreme You are, O Allāh.” Then, as your heart melts in awe of His Might, and as your soul shudders in amazement, lower your gaze back down to the Qur’ān with a brand-new appreciation of its verses:

وَإِذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوءًا فَلَا مَرَدَّ لَهُ وَمَا لَهُمْ مِنْ دُونِهِ مِنْ وَالٍ (11) هُوَ الَّذِي يُرِيكُمُ الْبَرْقَ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا وَيُنْشِئُ السَّحَابَ الثِّقَالَ (12) وَيُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ وَيُرْسِلُ الصَّوَاعِقَ فَيُصِيبُ بِهَا مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَهُمْ يُجَادِلُونَ فِي اللَّهِ وَهُوَ شَدِيدُ الْمِحَال

“But when Allāh wills evil for a people, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector. It is He who shows you lightening, causing fear and aspiration, and generates the heavy clouds. And the thunder exalts Allāh with praise, and the angels too from awe of Him, and He sends thunderbolts and strikes whom He wills, yet they dispute about Allāh – He is mighty in power!”[9]

Even if a vaccine is found, the virus has already achieved its goal: the arrogant have been humiliated, the sinners have been brought to their knees, humanity has been defeated, and as time progresses, man is confessing his weakness and the awe of the One above.

2) It may have uncovered the status of humanity in the Eyes of Allāh

Allāh is the Most Merciful, the Most Gentle, and the Most Patient. Yet despite His attributes of compassion, when He permits the release of a soldier as devastating as COVID-19, one cannot help but assume just how deplorable the status of humanity must be at present in the Eyes of Allāh.

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said:

إذا ظهرَ الزِّنا و الرِّبا في قَريةٍ ، فقد أَحَلُّوا بأنفسِهم عذابَ اللهِ

“Whenever fornication and interest prevail within a city,then they would have released the punishment of Allah upon themselves.”[10]

A world already plagued by so many diseases can only expect further disease. At the macro level, thousands of abandoned Syrian refugees are left to die in the freezing cold. Yemen is home to the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 14 million people at risk of starvation and repeated outbreaks of deadly diseases such as cholera. Over 1 million Muslims from the Xinjiang province are being detained and tortured by their Chinese government. Scholars of Islam are left to die within the dungeons of Muslim countries. The list continues as the world looks on in monstrous hypocrisy.

Meanwhile, at the micro level, extra-marital relationships have seemingly become the norm. No business venture works – or so many claim – without involving Riba, drugs, or anything else that is harām. The true hijab is either neglected or contested by our very own. The Muslim identity continues to erode generation after generation. Sins have reached a level of innovation, creativity, and access like never before. How naïve must we be to assume that matters would just continue as per usual without life-changing and sense-awakening events. No, sins, oppression and moral decay bring retribution, even if man needs to learn the hard way.

We are weeks away from Ramaḍān, yet – despite the blessings of the month ahead of us – the doors of mosques are being vaulted shut one after the other, as if Allāh doesn’t want us anywhere near His houses – as if we’ve been kicked out until we find our senses and religion again, and pick up the responsibility towards our souls and Ummah. This is the truest definition of a calamity that dwarfs all others – to be shunned from the Houses of Allāh as we wonder: did we shut our mosques or did they shut us?

Let the Muslims cry over those days that they abandoned the mosques, as they now miss out – for however long Allāh decrees – the tranquillity of prostrating in His House, the companionship of angels, and its enormous sin-erasing opportunities. As the virus engulfs the world and the doors of mosques close shut, we can read this as a powerful message from a Lord who is angry at the global level of senselessness, saying: “I have never been in need of you or your worship.” What must our status be, as a human race, in Allāh’s Eyes?

3) It has uncovered the double standards of man

The world is taking the most severe precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus. Large gatherings are avoided, hand sanitisers have virtually disappeared from store shelves, hand shaking has become forbidden, shop customers are being asked to stand 2 metres away at checkout lanes, and anyone showing symptoms is ordered to self-isolate. Tougher measures are soon expected, all to protect ourselves from the potential of being infected. Humanity is strictly conforming to the principle of never gambling with health, as well as the adage of “prevention is better than cure”.

I cannot help but remember the Islamic maxim of sadd al-dharāʾiʿ, which translates to ‘closing off the means (even if they are permissible) that may lead to evil or that which is impermissible’. This principle is discussed at length by the likes of Imam Mālik and Al-Shātibi, and one which Imam Ibn al-Qayyim described as being “a quarter of the religion”.

What is amazing is the extent to which humanity has gone out of its way to apply this principle for the preservation of its worldly affairs, both willingly and lovingly surrendering many of their freedoms for its protection, whilst astonishingly applying a completely different standard when it comes to their religious affairs.

How is it that we’ve accepted every single medical recommendation pertaining to the COVID-19 situation whilst showing nowhere near the same enthusiasm when it comes to Islamic recommendations? Why does the latter not seem as urgent? How is it that it takes some of us years to be convinced into action, repentance, and change? How is it that, as Muslims, our enormous worldview – which transcends the sky above us and extends to the hereafter and reaches Allāh Himself – has been limited only to the observable life of ours today? How did this happen?

Whilst I do not belittle any of the precautionary measures in place, I ask: What is the worst that could happen should a Muslim (Allāh forbid) contract this virus? Well, there is a possibility of it ruining your livelihood and causing your death. But what is the worst that could happen should the virus of ‘Iman-neglect’ be contracted? A potential eternal residence in the Hellfire.

There, as they suffer in Hell and miss out on the pleasures of Paradise, the inhabitants of Hell will realise just how small the prospect of death actually was all along in the grand scheme of things, particularly when they see death being slaughtered in the form of a ram. Death is nothing in comparison to the eternity that awaits.

What sin out there deserves spending a night in Hell because of it? What, then, about days, weeks, or even years? The principle of sadd al-dharāʾiʿ must be upheld primarily in religious matters, where we take every precautionary measure in the preservation of our religion and practice, whether it relates to finances, dress code, relationships, or any other decision. In the same way that you have rearranged your entire life in fear of a meeting with the coronavirus, be shy of Allāh and rearrange your life with greater enthusiasm in fear of meeting your sins in the court of Allāh.

يَوْمَ تَجِدُ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَا عَمِلَتْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ مُحْضَرًا وَمَا عَمِلَتْ مِنْ سُوءٍ تَوَدُّ لَوْ أَنَّ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَهُ أَمَدًا بَعِيدًا وَيُحَذِّرُكُمُ اللَّهُ نَفْسَهُ وَاللَّهُ رَءُوفٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

“The Day every soul will find what it has done of good present [before it], and what it has done of evil, it will wish that between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And Allāh warns you of Himself, and Allāh is Kind to [His] servants.”[11]

4) It has uncovered the way forward for nations and individuals

Assessing the situation as we did above is not for the purpose of lowering morale or adding to people’s misery. But, as is the situation with COVID-19, it cannot be properly treated until it is fully understood. Similarly, we are to understand the divine messages behind our ordeal today to carve a way forward.

With this said, I ask: What is the most dangerous thing that one could possibly be doing during these plagued times? Is it to be on the receiving end of a sneeze, to not wash one’s hands after being in public, not being stocked up on food, or perhaps being in the middle of a congested gathering? In reality, it is none of these. The single most dangerous act that one could possibly do at this moment is continuing as usual in sinning.

Al-Nu’mān b. Bashīr, the companion of the Prophet Muhammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), said:

إن الهلكة كل الهلكة أن تعمل السيئات في زمن البلاء

“The truest meaning of devastation is for you to commit sins during times of calamities.”[12]

As a rule in life, a calamity that affects the masses is one of the clearest indicators that Allāh is calling them back to Him.

Allāh said:

فَلَوْلَا إِذْ جَاءَهُمْ بَأْسُنَا تَضَرَّعُوا وَلَكِنْ قَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ

“Then why, when Our punishment came to them, did they not humble themselves? But their hearts became hardened, and Satan made attractive to them that which they were doing.”[13]

Travel has come to a standstill. Parties have been cancelled. The music industry has been silenced. Cinemas are dust ridden. Tourist destinations have become ghost towns. Presidents and policy-makers have gone into self-isolation. Freedoms have been suffocated. All of this not only shows the Might of the Supreme Allāh, but also the bitter consequences of sin. Everything has been forced to come to a grinding halt, both the good and bad, and this is what happens when sins prevail.

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) was asked:

“O messenger of Allāh, is it possible for us to fall into ruins whilst righteous people are amongst us?”

He replied:

نعم! إذا كثر الخبث

“Yes, when evil becomes dominant.”[14]

Indeed, COVID-19 has uncovered a clear way forward for everyone who cares; an overhaul in attitude towards worship, sins, laziness, relationships, and behaviour. If man still does not feel stirred to make these changes, then he is to realise that his internal calamity is far more serious than the pandemic one.

With this said, below are a few recommendations for us in these times:

1. Intensify your acts of worship

Pray at night, prolong your prostration, take care of your days of fasting, and allow your heart to adore Allāh more than ever before. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said:

 العبادة في الهرج كهجرة إلي

“Worshipping Allāh during times of turmoil is equivalent to the reward of migrating to me.”[15]

2. A soul search

Sit with yourself (each night if possible) and track down your shortcomings and sins one by one. Create a plan of action to overcome them. In fact, it is for this exact exercise that Allāh sends us times like ours:

أَوَلَا يَرَوْنَ أَنَّهُمْ يُفْتَنُونَ فِي كُلِّ عَامٍ مَرَّةً أَوْ مَرَّتَيْنِ ثُمَّ لَا يَتُوبُونَ وَلَا هُمْ يَذَّكَّرُونَ

“Do they not see that they are put to test every year once or twice but then they do not repent nor do they remember?”[16]

Spend more time doing this than following the news and social media.

3. A family search

Seek to improve your personal well-being and prosperity by looking out for your family members, even if it is through phone calls or regular messages. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said:

إِنَّ أَعْجَلَ الطَّاعَةِ ثَوَابًا صِلَةُ الرَّحِمِ، حَتَّى إِنَّ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ لِيَكُونُوا فَجَرَةً، فَتَنْمُو أَمْوَالُهُمْ، وَيَكْثُرُ عَدَدُهُمْ إِذَا تَوَاصَلُوا، وَمَا مِنْ أَهْلِ بَيْتٍ يَتَوَاصَلَونَ فَيَحْتَاجُونَ

“The good deed that is quickest to be rewarded is establishing family ties. In fact, there may be a household of sinners, but nevertheless their wealth continues to increase and so does their household because they take care of their ties with one another. Any household that establishes its family ties will end up not needing anyone.”[17]

In fact, there are no less than 15 narrations that explicitly mention that upholdingfamily ties extends a person’s life.

4. Aid those who are aiding

How great it would be to see an initiative for the creation of a system where the shopping requirements of nurses, for example, are arranged for them, similar to the systems that are available for the elderly. Due to the selfish shopping habits of the masses, those who will take care of us at our worst moments are struggling to eat healthily as shelves are consistently empty after their long shifts.

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said:

وخير الناس أنفعهم للناس

“The best of all people are those who are most beneficial to people.”

5. Mosques that have decided to close their doors

Investigate the possibility of offering your space to a nearby hospital that may be struggling for space, up until Allāh has mercy upon us and gives permission for relief to arrive.

6. Give Islamic loans

Not everyone will have the luxury of working from home. Many will be struggle to make ends meet with no other source of income. This is a great opportunity to revive a much-neglected act of worship. If you are blessed enough to be able to offer this, make this known to your circle of contacts.

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said,

من أنظرَ معْسِرًا فله بكلِّ يومٍ مثلَهُ صدَقَةٌ [..] قبلَ أنْ يحلَّ الدَّيْنُ فإذا حلَّ الدَّيْنُ فأنظرَهُ فلَهُ بكلِّ يومٍ مثلَيْهِ صدقَةً

“Whoever gives time to a borrower who is struggling to pay back the sum before the loan is due will be given the reward of its equivalent in charity on every day that passes. However, whoever gives time after it is due will be given reward in charity on every day that passes.”

7. Settle your scores at once

If there is someone who you have wronged, money you owe, or outstanding disputes, now is the time to settle them. If matters do escalate with the virus as widely predicted, realise that your dispute will automatically be deferred to the Day of Reckoning. 

Conclusion

We are confident in Allāh that this trial shall pass. Our concern, however, must not be the mere passing of the trial, but more so with what state we will be in when it eventually does. Don’t wait for the ideal circumstances to arise – they never will – but instead engineer the current circumstances to serve your quest for Paradise, as our predecessors would say:

سيروا إلى اللهِ عُرجًا ومَكاسيرَ؛ فإنَّ انتِظارَ الصِّحَّةِ بطالةٌ

“Travel to Allāh with your limps and injuries, as waiting for health will cause idleness.”[18]

As mentioned in the introduction, one of Allāh’s Sunan states, ‘When sins prevail, Allāh will send messages of warning to humanity by releasing calamities upon them’. So, I urge myself, my immediate family who read this, as well as my extended one – the Ummah of Islam – to not sit on the sidelines watching the events unfold as if watching a film that you have no involvement in. You are heavily involved in this one. You are the star of its show. So please, let your awakening be seeded within it.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Al-Qur’ān, 36:40

[2] Al-Qur’ān, 48:23

[3] https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/17/coronavirus-1-trillion-emergency-stimulus-133821

[4] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health/china-vows-to-beat-devil-virus-as-countries-rush-to-evacuate-citizens-idUSKBN1ZR0CF

[5] https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/23/coronavirus-china-health-crisis-116957

[6] https://www.france24.com/en/20200312-coronavirus-is-france-s-greatest-health-crisis-in-a-century-says-macron

[7] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51835856

[8] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/mar/12/trumps-travel-ban-wont-have-much-impact-on-spread-of-coronavirus-says-rishi-sunak-live-news

[9] Al-Qur’ān, 13:11-13

[10] Al-Tabarāni, on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbās

[11] Al-Qur’ān, 3:30

[12] Musannaf Ibn Abi Shayba

[13] Al-Qur’ān, 6:43

[14] Al-Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of Zaynab b. Jahsh

[15] Muslim, on the authority of Ma’qil b. Yasār

[16] Al-Qur’ān, 9:126

[17] Ibn Hibbān, on the authority of Abu Bakra

[18] Attributed to Imam Al-Shāfi’i

Benefiting From The Majesty Of Divine Will | Thirteen Points In Making The Best Of The Situation

In the Name of God most Merciful Most Compassionate

Peace Be Upon Prophet Mohammad, His Family, Companions and Brothers. Ameen

“God will never punish them while they are seeking forgiveness” (al-Anfāl, 8:33)

As we observe imposed isolation or social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus that has disrupted life as we know it, maintaining and elevating our faith becomes both a necessity and a great opportunity. The awakened believer is the one who never excludes the hand of God in everything that happens in the world–good or bad. We ask Allah Almighty to show us kindness and mercy in everything that He decrees for us.

“And We have already sent [messengers] to nations before you, [O Muhammad]; then We seized them with poverty and hardship that perhaps they might humble themselves [to Us]. (42) Then why, when Our punishment came to them, did they not humble themselves? But their hearts became hardened, and Satan made attractive to them that which they were doing. (43) So when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We opened to them the doors of every [good] thing until, when they rejoiced in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly, and they were [then] in despair. (44)” (al-An’ām, 6:42-44)

Now is the time of seeking forgiveness and repenting to Allah. Now is the time we seek the counsel of our rich tradition in how to deal with collective and universal calamities and hardship. The awakened believer looks at what Allah brings about in His universe with a Divine Light and resists the calls of ignorance and heedlessness in any form they appear.

From the pure well of Prophetic guidance we draw thirteen beautiful, practical, and spiritual counsels:

The pandemic that is frightening everyone is the creation of Allah released by His Power for reasons He only knows. Losing sight of this basic fact is a sign of the blindness of our inner eyes. And your Lord creates what He wills and chooses; not for them was the choice. Exalted is Allah and high above what they associate with Him. (Al-Qaṣaṣ, 28:68)

1. When the Masjids are closed and Jumu’ah is suspended and the Honored Ka’bah and the Prophetic Mosque are emptied and there is rampant panic, the guided believer rushes to Istighfār. Let’s repeat and teach our children and households one of these Prophetic expressions of seeking forgiveness:

 Astaghfirullāh wa Atūbu ilayhi, at least 100 times a day. (Muslim)

أَسْتَغفِرُ اللهَ وَ أَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ

or

 Rabbī Ighfir Lī wa Tub ‘alayya Innaka Anta Attawābu ArRahīm, at least 100 times a  day. ( Al-Tirmidhī, Abū Dāwūd, Ibn Mājah)

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي، وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ، إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ الرحيم 

The Best time for Istighfār is before Fajr.

Let’s be among those who seek the forgiveness before dawn that God praised in the Qur’ān:

“Those who say, “Our Lord, indeed we have believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the punishment of the Fire,” the patient, the true, the obedient, those who spend [in the way of Allah], and those who seek forgiveness before dawn.” (Āl-‘Imrān, 3:17)

2. Pray two Rak’āt of repentance often throughout the day.

3. Make our living spaces spiritual abodes by designating a place in the house as a Muṣallā. This is a forgotten Sunnah that the companions of the Prophet, God bless him and grant him peace, established. Let’s revive this Sunnah in our homes.

4. Perform prayers at the beginning of the time in congregation with an Adhān and Iqāma (assign our children to do so). If we can’t pray together while we are all quarantined in our houses then we surely have a bigger problem than coronavirus.

5. Stay after the prayers in your place and make Du’ā’ and Istighfār.

6. Don’t miss any Sunnah prayers before or after the obligatory prayers.

  • Make it a habit to pray Ḍuḥā prayer after sunrise or by midmorning as 2, 4, 6, or 8 Raka’āt.
  • The Prophet, God bless him and grant him peace, used to say that the prayer of Ḍuḥā is the prayer of the Awwābīn (repenters). (Muslim, Ibn Abī Shaybah, al-Ḥākim, Ibn Khuzaymah).
  • 4 Raka’at before Dhụhr and 2 after. 2 Raka’āt before Aṣr. 2 Before Maghrib and 6 after. 2 before Ishā’ and 4 after.
  • Make your Witr a Prophetic Witr: 11 Raka’āt before Fajr. If you can’t wake up, then pray it after Ishā’.

7. Read the Qur’ān every day even if just for 15 minutes.

8. Constant Dhikr and remembrance of Allah Ta’ālā with all kind of expressions while giving precedence to the expression of Tawḥīd لا إله إلا الله   since it is the best expression of Dhikr as the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said. (Al-Tirmidhī)

9. Be a good subordinate and adhere to your community’s collective decisions and experts regarding gatherings, Jamā’ah prayers, Jumu’ah, social distancing, and cleanliness. Our recalcitrance and selfishness sometimes appears in a religious form. At times of hardship going against the consensus is spiritually damaging even when we realize that we might be partially right. Not all debates have to be won.

من أطاع الأمير فقد أطاعني 

Whoever obeys the leader has indeed obeyed me.” (Muslim, al-Bukhārī)

10. The best among us are those who are the best to their spouses. Spending more time with each other should add to our compassion and respect for each other. Let us understand that   everyone going through this situation is experiencing a level of anxiety that might affect their normal behavior. Many of us are not used to staying at home for such a long period. Let this be an opportunity to connect with each other and strengthen the bonds of the family. Let’s Fear The Thieves !! (See point 12.)

11. Attend at least one of the online events that your community is offering even if you know everything that is known about the religion. Showing the sentiments of solidarity by attending these events encourages those who spend time preparing and sacrificing their time to continue their Da’wah work that is necessary for the community.

12. Fear the thieves for yourselves and your loved ones: None of the suggestions above will bear any fruit in advancing our cause with Allah and in bringing us towards a genuine reconciliation with ourselves if we spend all day with WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Netflix and such. In the digital wasteland and on our phones or glued to the TV all day, sharing and re-sharing nonsense makes us lost, nonsensical and trivial people. The last thing we want to find ourselves doing is spreading forgetfulness and heedlessness under the guise of spreading useful information.

Let’s not readily and voluntarily enlist as the agents of Shaytan at the time we have to be servants of God. Think before you send anything shared with you because you will be asked about it. One post a day is too much for those who are busy with all the obligations we all have. By now, everything that needs to be known about the epidemic has probably reached all corners of the globe. Let’s be wary of succumbing to the appeals of our lower selves or nafs and finding ourselves losing this great opportunity with Allah. The same advice goes for our children as it is a great opportunity for them to be creative in how they constructively spend their leisure time.

13. Give in charity, no matter how small, to your local and national Muslim organizations who might be going through difficulty meeting the needs of those who have lost their wages due to the freezing of the economy. This is both a pandemic and an economic crisis and sadaqa is our spiritual remedy to financial matters.

Benefiting From The Majesty Of Divine Will | Thirteen Points In Making The Best Of The Situation