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A Muslim Perspective on Coronavirus Epidemic (COVID-19)



In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Many speculations on Coronavirus epidemic have circulated in recent times. In particular, a claim that the pandemic was deliberately invented by someone or a country for some selfish economic reasons or show of power. Although, Man has the capability to engage in activities that could harm or benefit, however, accrediting this devastating pandemic solely to man’s ability isn’t sufficiently resounding owing to the distressing and life-threatening situation it has subjected the world to, simultaneously.

Despite man’s vast proficiencies, there are some abilities that he doesn’t possess and some capabilities he has not been fashioned to execute on his own, one of which is the ability and Capability to Create Life and cause death. This unique ability is reserved exclusively to the One that Created the Worlds and its inhabitants in the First Place, for this Supreme Being is the Only Deity that can pull a magnitude of this kind across the world despite our different geographical locations. And this being is none other than Allah, Rabbu AL ‘Amin. The Quran justifies this, Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. (Quran 67:1). He (Allah) is who gives life and causes death; and when He decrees a matter, He but says to it, “Be,” and it is. (Quran 40:68).

This plague has only proven that man is incapable in all ramifications. Not even the powerful and rich ones can save or avert this epidemic except He Wills. It has debunked the false prophets and established that Only Allah knows what will happen in the future. It has brought us back to our reality that truly, Man has been created Weak, (Quran 4:28), Helpless and inherently vulnerable.

The situation also confirms that our being, living, provision, psychological and intellectual skills and honors have -all the while, been from Allah and no matter how great a person may feel and how arrogant he may act, we cannot survive and function independently except within The Mercy and Provision from the One that is Free of All needs, Al Ganniy and Al-Jabber, The Irresistible One Allah! Allah asserts this in Quran 30; 40 “Allah is He Who created you, then provided food for you, then will cause you to die, then (again) He will give you life (on the Day of Resurrection). Is there any of your (so-called) partners (of Allah) that do anything of that? Glory be to Him! And Exalted be He above all that (evil) they associate (with Him).

If as speculated, COVID-19 was a devilish and inhumane plot by a group of people as a weapon of mass destruction, it’s imperative we know that their plot wouldn’t have been successful without Allah’s Permission. The Quran says:  No disaster occurs except by God’s leave. Whoever believes in God, He guides his heart. God is Aware of everything. (Quran 64 v 11)”His is the dominion of the heavens and earth. And to Allah, all matter returns to for Permission (Quran 51:5).

Man can manufacture weapons that could harm the whole of mankind, but “these are means to death and not death themselves”. The Quran mentions ‘Remember how the unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and Allah too plans, but the best of planners is Allah.’ and surely the plotting of Ash-Shaytan has (always) been weak. (Quran 4:76)

This is not to refute the fact that there isn’t evil, however, as Muslims, based on our tenet of faith, we should think of this pandemic as the manifestation of our individual corruption as reflected in the following verses Quran 30: 41-44

  1. Evil (sins and disobedience of Allah, etc.) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds, etc.), that Allah may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allah, and begging His Pardon).
  2. Say (O Muhammad): “Travel in the land and see what the end of those before (you) was! Most of them were Mushrikun (the disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, polytheists, idolaters, etc.).”
  3. So set you (O Muhammad) your face to (the obedience of Allah, your Lord) the straight and right religion (Islamic Monotheism), before there comes from Allah a Day which none can avert it. On that Day men shall be divided [(in two groups), a group in Paradise and a group in Hell].
  4. Whosoever disbelieves will suffer from his disbelief, and whosoever does righteous good deeds (by practising Islamic Monotheism), then such will prepare a good place (in Paradise) for themselves (and will be saved by Allah from His Torment).

This lethal epidemic has disregarded the political and social status and just like death, it afflicts without discrimination! It has almost rendered the top scientists unskilled, considering the alarming rates of the number of deaths recorded across nations concurrently. This shows that Allah is fully in charge, He has placed us in this situation without decreasing His Dominion in one bit.  He can erase us all and replace us within the twinkle of an eye with better creations if we persist in resisting and rejecting true faith (Quran 5; 54 and Quran 47; 38).

Hence, as Muslims, it is a branch of faith to ascribe this to Allah because nothing happens in the heavens and earth except what He has permitted.

And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things. And He is the Irresistible, above His slaves, and He is the All-Wise, Well-Acquainted with all things. (Quran 6: 17-18)  

In summary, good, evil, benefit and harm only come from Allah alone and no one shares with His power over these things.  What He wills, happens, and what He does not will does not happen. However, a Muslim should remain positive at all times.  Suhaib reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus it is good for him. Sahih Muslim 2999,

Hence, It is imperative upon us to:

Seek forgiveness greatly (Q39; 53), and do not make jest out of this as some ignorant ones have been exhibiting. This is meant to make us humble and revert to Allah’s order. The Quran warns: When our punishment reached them, why did they not humble themselves? Surah Al-An’am 6:43

Exercise Patience (Q2:155-157) and be hopeful that the help of Allah is near (Q2:214). This plague shouldn’t change our Mind-set about how Merciful and Compassionate He is, we should have a Positive mindset about Him as Allah won’t neglect us during this adversity even if death occurs. Aisha (RA) asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, about plagues and he said, “It is a punishment that Allah sends upon whomever he wills, but Allah has made it mercy for the believers. Any servant who resides in a land afflicted by plague, remaining patient and hoping for a reward from Allah, knowing that nothing will befall him but what Allah has decreed, he will be given the reward of a martyr.”…

Also, we should safeguard ourselves against its spread and stay safe as best as we can. Obeying local authorities remains a must for us as Allah ordered in Quran 4: 59. “SA’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, If you hear of a plague in a land, then do not go into it. If it happens inland where you are, then do not go out of it.” This Hadith is collected by both Bukhari (5396) and Muslim (2218).

We pray Allah showers His Mercy and cleanse the world of this disastrous epidemic. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah Be upon our Beloved Prophet Muhammad and his Sahabas and those who believe.

Can we reflect with our families during this period, on the purpose of our creation and retrace our steps? (Q51:56); (Q66 v 7) for the Quran says: “Verily Allah does not change men’s condition unless they change their inner selves” (Quran 13: 11).

Asalam Alaykum

From Your sister in Islam

Idayat Lateef


Ref: Quran

Saih Bukhari and Muslim

Bolarinwa Idayat Lateef

Bolarinwa Idayat Lateef is a Striving Muslimah, mother and avid reader. A Masters degree holder. A first-time writer hoping to inform and educate minds.

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