Arshad, New Age Islam
virus has proved to be a global disaster. Its cause and treatment is not known
yet. The world is trying to control this invisible enemy but does not have a
clue about how to overpower it. It has infected both the poor and weak and the
rich and powerful. It has killed more than 12 thousand people and has affected
more than 1,50,000 people worldwide. Both the common people and the heads of
states have been infected by this epidemic. Prince Charles and Prime Minister
of England Boris Johnson have tested positive to Covid-19. This shows how
lethal and penetrative this virus is.
the Quran say about such a grave human crisis? If we go through the chronicles
of the previous nations in the holy book, we find that many communities and
nations were destroyed as a punishment to transgressions, sins, disobedience of
God, violation of natural order and corruption, ingratitude to God and
oppression of people. The community of Prophet Shoaib a.s., community of
Prophet Lot a.s., the community of Prophet Saleh a.s., the community of Prophet
Noah a.s, the community of Pharaoh and the community of Saba are some of the
nations who were destroyed for their transgressions and sins.
mentions their fate in order to convey the message to the people that they
should learn from the fate of the previous nations and should not commit the
same mistakes and crimes.
"So take warning, O people of
" There are certainly in their stories a
lesson for those of understanding."(Yusuf:111)
observe that the world community has not taken warning and has not learnt any
lesson from the fate of the previous nations. Powerful nations have been
suppressing weaker nations and communities in order to establish religious and
political superiority over others. In this war, no religious community can
claim to be innocent. The Jews, the Muslims, the Christians, the Buddhists, the
Hindus, the Agnostics (Communists) have demonstrated the same degree of
insensitivity and ruthlessness towards the common people in the process of
their religious and political pursuits.
majority countries caused bloodshed in Iraq and Syria in the name of
establishing Caliphate rendering millions of people dead and homeless; the
Christian countries wreaked havoc in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria under
NATO in order to establish their political and economic hegemony. (George Bush
had tongue and cheek admitted that it was Crusade). The Jews have oppressed and
tyrannised the Palestinians; the Buddhists of Burma have tyrannised and killed
the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar; the Communist government of China has been
torturing millions of Uyghur Muslims for years. In India, a section of the
Hindu majority has been involved in the communal riots against Muslims. Gujarat
pogrom was the worst state sponsored massacre of Muslims.
religious communities did not heed the teachings of their prophets and holy
scriptures. Millions of innocent lives were lost and another millions of
innocent people have been rendered refugees living in inhuman conditions but
the conscience of the rulers and religious leaders of these nations is not
disturbed. It is a blot on the face of the modern civilised society that in
different parts of the world millions of people are living as refugees. Greed,
corruption, moral and social crimes are at the peak and rampant industrial and
scientific development has created many ethical and social problems. Water and
air pollution have created new fatal diseases like SARS, Covid-19, Swine Flu,
Bird Flu etc which claim millions of lives every year. The rampant industrial
development has also disturbed ecological balance causing natural disasters and
calamities like earthquakes, smog, wildfire, landslides and cloudbursts. The
Quran suggests that all these calamities and diseases are man made and the
result of man's wrongdoings.
"Corruption has appeared throughout the
land and sea what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part
of the consequence of what they have done that perhaps they will return (to
said that religion was of the opium of the masses. The religious community does
not like this observation of Marx but in practice, it has proved to be true.
The common people are administered heavy dose of religion by the rulers and the
religious authority to exploit them for religiopolitical goals. And the goal is
anything but a humanitarian society where all the communities are treated like
human beings. The powerful community tries to subjugate the weaker community and,
in this process, it violates the principles of its own religion. Even the
Communists who are under the illusion that they are not under the spell of the
'opium' are constantly under the fear of over taken by religion that they try
to control even the thought process of their people as is done in North Korea
and China. All this leads to inhuman treatment of its people.
All this violation
of natural order and natural justice invokes the wrath of God, or Mother
Nature. The Quran says that when the natural justice and natural order is
violated God acts to punish the wrongdoers both individually and collectively.
He has done it in the past and will do so in future.
"Have they not considered how many
generations We destroyed before them." (Ya-Seen:31)
"Have they not travelled through the land
and observed how was the end before them."(Fatir:44)
"And Allah does not like the transgressors.,"
punishing the transgressors, God does not distinguish between a Muslim and a
non-Muslim. In His view, a transgressor is a transgressor. His infliction takes
all when the people do not honour the human life.
the current pandemic is also a warning from God to the nations of the world
against their oppressive behaviour. That's why it has attacked all the nations
from China to the US to the Saudi Arabia. It has struck even the heads of
states like the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles
conveying the message to the rulers of the world that if they don't reform
themselves, even they won't be able to escape God's wrath.
"Wherever you may be death will over taken
you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction."(Al Nisa:78)
pandemic is also a warning to the common people that they should honour human
values and lead a simple life and try to establish a just and healthy society.
And for the righteous and the God-fearing, the pandemic is a testing from God.
They should show trust in God and be patient and God will duly reward them.
"And We will surely test you with
something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but
give good tidings to the patient."(Al Baqarah:155)
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