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Islam: What To Do During An Epidemic

By May 7, 2009

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The faith of Islam has guidance about all matters of daily living, including about what to do if you are caught up in a health epidemic. It looks now like the H1N1 virus is not spreading as rapidly as it has in past weeks, but it serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to be prepared. As President Obama instructed, people need to think about these things before they hit, and make contingency plans.

The Qur'an gives general guidance about keeping physically and spiritually healthy. More specific advice about what to do during an epidemic is found in the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Epidemics have been found throughout history, including during the early years and centuries of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad lived during a time when illness such as influenza was not yet well understood, yet he gave his followers at the time some sound advice:

  • Limit travel. Do not travel in or out of an affected area. On this point, the Prophet Muhammad said, "'If you hear about an outbreak of plague in a land, do not go to it; and if plague breaks out in a country where you are staying, do not run away from it."

  • Wash frequently. The ablutions of daily prayer and other cleanliness practices in Islam become even more important when illness is spreading.

  • Quarantine those who are ill. The Prophet Muhammad said that a sick person must not be brought to visit a recovering person.

  • Continue to maintain a healthy diet. The Prophet Muhammad advised moderation in diet, and instructed people to drink plenty of fluids. (The stomach should have "one-third for food, one-third for drink, and one-third for breath (digestion)."

  • Seek correct information and keep an eye out for symptoms. Muslims are advised to verify information before sharing it, to avoid the spreading of hurtful rumors. One excellent place to get accurate information is from the About.com Cold and Flu page.
Comments
May 13, 2009 at 9:56 am
(1) madira ismail ishaq says:

i pleased for all the letters u send for me in my inbox. they are very much educating and continue educating me on such issues of social and religious nature.

May 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm
(2) OYENIYI says:

May the Almighty Allah continue widening your knowledge and as you give us the necessary information on the religion of peace. Please don’t relent as knowledge is the power in Islam.

May 26, 2009 at 3:41 am
(3) Mohamad Nozzi says:

The Holy Quran discourages muslims to go against the words of Allah especially the message of Quran is the very words from Allah in which muslims must obey:
Allah demands all muslims and non-muslims to obey him and Allah seems not to cite muslims if they disobey Allah:
Quran 6:121, “Eat not (O believers) of that (meat) on which Allah’s Name has not been pronounced (at the time of the slaughtering of the animal), for sure it is Fisq (a sin and disobedience of Allah). And certainly, the Shayatin (devils) do inspire their friends (from mankind) to dispute with you, and if you obey them [by making Al-Maitah (a dead animal) legal by eating it], then you would indeed be Mushrikun (polytheists); [because they (devils and their friends) made lawful to you to eat that which Allah has made unlawful to eat and you obeyed them by considering it lawful to eat, and by doing so you worshipped them; and to worship others besides Allah is polytheism].” The phrase, Eat not (O believers), in Quran 6:121 implies that Allah does not cite all muslims. As the phrase, if you obey them, is mentioned in Quran 6:121, it implies that Allah calls those people that obey Shayatin (devils) to eat food that is forbidden by Allah to be polytheism.
Quran 62:5, “The likeness of those who were entrusted with the (obligation of the) Taurat (Torah) (i.e. to obey its commandments and to practise its laws), but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is as the likeness of a donkey which carries huge burdens of books (but understands nothing from them). How bad is the example of people who deny the Ayat (proofs, evidence, verses, signs, revelations) of Allah. And Allah guides not the people who are Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, disbelievers).” The phrase, those who were entrusted with the…Torah, in Quran 62:5 certainly refers to muslims. The phrase, who subsequently failed in those (obligations), in Quran 62:5 implies they fail to obey what is stated in it. The phrase, Allah guides not the people who are…wrong-doers, in Quran 62:5 implies that Allah demands muslims to obey what is stated in the Holy Quran.
Quran 6:144, “Of camels a pair, and oxen a pair; say, hath He forbidden the two males, or the two females, or (the young) which the wombs of the two females enclose? – Were ye present when Allah ordered you such a thing? But who doth more wrong than one who invents a lie against Allah, to lead astray men without knowledge? For Allah guideth not people who do wrong.” The phrase, Allah guideth not people who do wrong, in Quran 6:144 implies that Allah does not like wrong-doers. As the phraase, one who invents, in Quran 6:144 does not restrict itself to non-muslims, it should include muslims too. The prhase, doeth more than one who invents a lie against Allah, in Quran 6:144 discourage muslims to tell lies against Allah.
Quran 23:67, “”In arrogance: talking nonsense about the (Qur’an), like one telling fables by night.” As the word, one, in Quran 23:67 does not restrict itself to non-muslims, it should include muslims. The phrase, talking nonsense about the (Qu’ran), in Quran 23:67 implies that Allah discourage muslims to speak evil against Quran.
Quran 51:34, “Marked by your Lord for the Musrifun (polytheists, criminals, sinners – those who trespass Allah’s set limits in evil-doings by committing great sins).” The phrase, those who trespass Allah’s set limits in evil doings by commiting great sins, in Quran 51:34 implies that Allah discourage evil doings.
Quran 9:66, “Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed. If We pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you because they were Mujrimun (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, criminals.).” The phrase, you had believed, in Quran 9:66 is in past tense, it implies these people were muslims before. The phrase, you disbelieved after you had believed, in Quran 9:66 implies that muslims would disbelieve the Holy Quran after their believing. The phrase, If We pardon some of you, in Quran 9:66 implies that Allah might not forgive the wrong doing of some muslims that have disbelieved after their initial belief.
Quran 22:19, “Thus they will give you the lie regarding what ye say, then ye can neither avert (the doom) nor obtain help. And whoso among you doeth wrong, We shall make him taste great torment. ” As the phrase, whoso among you doeth wrong, is mentioned in Quran 22:19 implies that Allah will cause muslims to be in great torment if we, muslims, disobey Allah to do wrong.
Quran 2:145, “And even if thou broughtest unto those who have received the Scripture all kinds of portents, they would not follow thy qiblah, nor canst thou be a follower of their qiblah; nor are some of them followers of the qiblah of others. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which hath come unto thee, then surely wert thou of the evil-doers”
Quran 3:86, “How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their belief and after they bore witness that the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) is true and after clear proofs had come unto them? And Allah guides not the people who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).” The phase, after their belief, in Quran 3:86 implies that these people were once believers, or the so-called, muslims. The phrase, Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their belief, in Quran 3:86 implies that Muslims would turn up to be non-muslims.
Quran 5:45, “And We ordained therein for them: “Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal.” But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it shall be for him an expiation. And whosoever does not judge by that which Allah has revealed, such are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers – of a lesser degree).” The phrase, Life for life eye for ye…, in Quran 5:45 implies the execution of just judgment among muslims. As the phrase, whosoever does not judged by that which Allah has revealed, is mentioned in Quran 5:45 with the phrase, such are..wronger doers, it implies that Allah considers those people that do not execute what judgment that Allah desires are considered to be wrong-doers.
How does the Holy Quran mention all the wrong-doers to be on the Last Judgment Day?
Quran 40:52, “The Day when their excuses will be of no profit to Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah). Theirs will be the curse, and theirs will be the evil abode (i.e. painful torment in Hell-fire).”
Quran 59:17, “So the end of both will be that they will be in the Fire, abiding therein. Such is the recompense of the Zalimun (i.e. polytheists, wrong-doers, disbelievers in Allah and in His Oneness).”
Quran 76:31, “He will admit to His Mercy whom He wills and as for the Zalimun – (polytheists, wrong-doers) He has prepared a painful torment.”
Quran 82:14, “And verily, the Fujjar (the wicked, disbelievers, polytheists, sinners and evil-doers) will be in the blazing Fire (Hell),”
Quran 8:54, “Then We shall save those who used to fear Allah and were dutiful to Him. And We shall leave the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers) therein (humbled) to their knees (in Hell).”
Quran 42:45, “And thou wilt see them exposed to (the Fire), made humble by disgrace, and looking with veiled eyes. And those who believe will say: Lo! the (eternal) losers are they who lose themselves and their housefolk on the Day of Resurrection. Lo! are not the wrong-doers in perpetual torment?”
Quran 7:41, “Theirs will be a bed of Hell (Fire), and over them coverings (of Hell-fire). Thus do We recompense the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).”
Quran 8:37, “In order that Allah may distinguish the wicked (disbelievers, polytheists and doers of evil deeds) from the good (believers of Islamic Monotheism and doers of righteous deeds), and put the wicked (disbelievers, polytheists and doers of evil deeds) one over another, heap them together and cast them into Hell. Those! it is they who are the losers.”
Quran 14:42, “Consider not that Allah is unaware of that which the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers) do, but He gives them respite up to a Day when the eyes will stare in horror.”
Quran 19:86, “And We shall drive the Mujrimun (polytheists, sinners, criminals, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) to Hell, in a thirsty state (like a thirsty herd driven down to water).”
Quran 54:47, “Verily the Mujrimun (polytheists, disbelievers, sinners, criminals) are in error (in this world) and will burn (in the Hell-fire in the Hereafter)”
Quran 25:19, “Thus they (false gods – all deities other than Allah) will belie you (polytheists) regarding what you say (that they are gods besides Allah): then you can neither avert (the punishment), nor get help. And whoever among you does wrong (i.e. sets up rivals to Allah), We shall make him taste a great torment.” The Word, whoever, in Quran 25:19 does not restrict itelf to muslims and so, it should be also the warning to muslim wrong doers. As the phrase, whoever among you does wrong, is mentioned in Quran 25:19 with the phrase, We shall make him taste a great torment, it implies that muslims would suffer torment if they disobey the Quran and these certainly include those muslims that declare they believe in the Holy Quran and yet they say that they do not believe certain part of the Holy Quran.
Quran 30:12, “And on the Day when the Hour will be established, the Mujrimun (disbelievers, sinners, criminals, polytheists) will be plunged into destruction with (deep regrets, sorrows, and) despair.”
Quran 18:49, “And verily, there had come unto them a Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) from among themselves, but they denied him, so the torment overtook them while they were Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).”
Quran 8:53, “And the Mujrimun (criminals, polytheists, sinners) shall see the Fire and apprehend that they have to fall therein. And they will find no way of escape from there.”
Quran 35:37, “Therein they will cry: “Our Lord! Bring us out, we shall do righteous good deeds, not (the evil deeds) that we used to do.” (Allah will reply): “Did We not give you lives long enough, so that whosoever would receive admonition could receive it? And the warner came to you. So taste you (the evil of your deeds). For the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) there is no helper.”
The Holy Quran demands Muslims to preach instead of killing as mentioned in Quran 28:87 again:
Quran 28:87, “And let them not turn you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) away from (preaching) the Ayat (revelations and verses) of Allah after they have been sent down to you: and invite (men) to (believe in) your Lord and be not of Al-Mushrikun (those who associate partners with Allah, e.g. polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and those who disbelieve in the Oneness of Allah and deny the Prophethood of Messenger Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم).”
As mentioned earlier, the disobedient muslim extremists to slaughter non-muslims without preaching to them have acted against the command of Allah as mentioned in Quran 28:87 in which muslim are advised to preach, the disobedient would be dealt by Allah on the Last Judgment Day. Above I have brought out how seriously Allah would deal with the wrong-doers. May this be the warning among muslim extremists since if, one day, they discover they are in the hell that are tormented bitter, they would certainly regret for what they did in the past. However, it is too late since they are in the hell suffering.
Muslim Extremists, listens to what moderate muslims’ advice, repent so that you would escape that undesirably disaster in the hell in which we, moderate muslims, would not want to see your suffering in.
See in your eyes that how many non-muslims perish in your hands and how many muslims as well have died in your hands. The disaster in United States of America had indeed caused many muslims and non-muslims to perish through airplane’s crash. The fighting muslim extremists and muslims from United Alliance. How many muslims had been slaughtered in your hands?
Remember, Allah deals with muslims fairly the same as non-muslims. If muslims believe in the Holy Quran and yet later say that they do not believe, Allah immediately turns their heads against them for his righteous judgment since he treats all muslims and non-muslims the same. The wrong-doers will be in the doom of hell as mentioned above.
You might reject the teaching of Quran. What if it turns up to be true to you, the horror would certainly fill you on the Last Judgment Day.
Only those muslims that believe in Allah and do righteous deeds will be rewarded in full instead of those wrong-doers:
Quran 8:57, “And as for those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah) and do righteous good deeds, Allah will pay them their reward in full. And Allah does not like the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).”
Quran 29:7, “Those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah (Monotheism) and in Messenger Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم , and do not give up their faith because of the harm they receive from the polytheists], and do righteous good deeds, surely, We shall expiate from them their evil deeds and shall reward them according to the best of that which they used to do.”
Quran 42:22, “You will see (on the Day of Resurrection), the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) fearful of that which they have earned, and it (Allah’s Torment) will surely befall them. But those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous deeds (will be) in the flowering meadows of the Gardens (Paradise). They shall have whatsoever they desire with their Lord. That is the supreme Grace, (Paradise).”
Quran 3:57, “And as for those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah) and do righteous good deeds, Allah will pay them their reward in full. And Allah does not like the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).”
Quran 42:22, “You will see (on the Day of Resurrection), the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) fearful of that which they have earned, and it (Allah’s Torment) will surely befall them. But those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous deeds (will be) in the flowering meadows of the Gardens (Paradise). They shall have whatsoever they desire with their Lord. That is the supreme Grace, (Paradise).”
The above verses prove that only those muslims that believe in Allah and do righteous deeds will be rewarded instead of those muslims that believe in Allah and yet they slaughter non-muslims as and when they see them without giving hope for them to repent and they kill even muslims as well. They encourage muslims to be the partipants of suicide bombers to kill themselves.
Allah calls muslims to cease fighting as and when non-muslims declare peace to them:
Quran 4:90, “Except those who join a group, between you and whom there is a treaty (of peace), or those who approach you with their breasts restraining from fighting you as well as fighting their own people. Had Allah willed, indeed He would have given them power over you, and they would have fought you. So if they withdraw from you, and fight not against you, and offer you peace, then Allah has opened no way for you against them.”
Quran 8:61, “But if they incline to peace, you also incline to it, and (put your) trust in Allah. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.”

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