The Lasting Trial

By Maryum Maqsood

Departing souls, plunging economy, dwindling faith, aversely hapless world- COVID-19 is jolting the entire planet, a great challenge for big powers particularly China while a real test for the believers of Quran. Pandemics were omnipresent as human civilizations rose. Athens, Antonine Plague, Cyprian Plague, Justinian Plague, Leprosy, the Black death, the Columbian exchange, the great plague of London, First Cholera pandemic, the third plague pandemic, Fiji measles pandemic, Russian flu, Spanish flu, Asian flu and HIV/AIDS infected and atrophied the entire planet since the birth of human civilizations. Whenever humans intercede the course of nature alors planet alters its natural course. Consequently, everyone undergoes through all the turmoil launched by certain trio.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 new debates surfaced; one school of researchers believe the artificial virus is created by USA in collaboration with Israel and Britain to hit the rest of the emerging great powers particularly China and finally would snap up treasury bonds to rule the world. Whereas others believe the virus originated through bats, snakes and transfused via animals. Some consider this is a cyclic process and originated it’s own. The true followers of Islam believe only one notion whenever human intervened in natural process the nature would respond its own way. You can cross the heights of nature by advancing technology et al advancements but in the end you would only see the power of Almighty where your all research and development would nosedive.

There is no denying a fact, Muslims weapon is faith but this is unfortunate many on trembling mode, instead of guiding their fellow Muslims to strengthen faith they are also adopting western model. We are the follower of peaceful religion and Umati of our great Prophet (PBUH) we have firm belief in life hereafter instead of following his path where we are drifting this society? We should never forget the colossal loss of humans were never of COVID-19 but the total number of deaths caused by road accidents, rape incidents, suicide, cancer inter alia is immense. Then why we are unable to control those incidences? O mankind! You forgot the message of your Almighty? Alas! Your faith is trembling! you became a part of Fitnah Dajjal even before. Ask yourself! For this day your Lord created You? What would you respond to your Almighty? Did your Almighty not guide you through His Book Quran.

The corona saga not only evoked many the lockdown of Kashmir where the world muted response legalized the RSS extremist Hindutva ideology followers a free hand to kill Muslims but also the human rights violation and injustices to the Muslims in Palestine, Mynamar, Uighur et al places where Muslim population paying the price for the Islamophobic approach. Now their cry is only “how is the lock-down” ? Nature responded; Muted.

The point of concern is not whether Corona is brainchild of USA, Isreal and Britain or not but the approach of Muslim world. The muffled Muslims muted the worship places and paralyzed the entire system fearing death. Quran verse 14 Surah Baqra states; And who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques and strive toward their destruction. It is not for them to enter them except in fear. For them in this world is disgrace, and they will have in the Hereafter a great punishment. Muslim Ummah fell on its knees and we became a part of the trap created by trio. As Quran states in Surah Al-Jathiya verse 28; And you will see every nation kneeling [from fear]. Every nation will be called to its record [and told], “Today you will be recompensed for what you used to do.

The name of virus seems to be novel to the western world but not a novel for the followers of Quran. Quran explained not only the disease but also the cure for believers. The great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Hadith on plague clarifies how to evade the pandemic disease while Quran clearly clarifies what to adopt (halal) & what to prevent (haram). While the western world dictating and emphasizing to adopt cleaning & purity now. Islam initiated its journey from purity & cleaning ( Paak and saaf) even before (dated back 1400 years ago). 5 pillars of Islam is a case in point. This is high time for Muslims to offer Salat e Touba and encourage people to turn to Almighty Allah for help instead of becoming a part of any conspiracy while sharing mocking videos and messages as Quran clearly specified in Surah Hujrat not to opt unethical ways while treating other humans.

Where COVID-19 is ravaging the world economy but also offering the great opportunity to the developing countries to utilize the prospect to boost their own market. Particularly, Pakistan can enhance organic food production and distribution in order to make the wheel of economy functional. We need to invest on research and development to explore ways to utilize our rare herbs like GUCHI (Morchella esculenta; morel mushrooms), Kunji (spring ferns beneficial for cardiac patients), Langroo (Fiddlehead; treats Hematochezia) Kalwanji (black cumin), beans of Amaltas in organic form as a remedy to treat diseases while using the medical research of Abu Raazi to launch our own pharmacy.

Instead to lockdown the system, one needs to follow the Quranic injunctions. The downtrodden society have no sanitizers, living their lives in shabby environment but with smiling face and faith. When everyone is in quarantine, they are roaming with usual routine. A great message for the believers and rest of the world. To quarantine the entire humanity is not a remedy but a testation of one’s faith. This is unfortunate though, COVID-19 exposed the dwindling believers. The lasting trial posed a great question mark on the faith of Muslims. They forgot the incident of the nation A‘ad renowned for craftsmanship, constructed tall buildings and lofty towers but Allah’s torment smashed everything in a few seconds with a gust of air. Quran Surah Baqra verse 94 emphasizes; And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life – [even] more than those who associate others with Allah . One of them wishes that he could be granted life a thousand years, but it would not remove him in the least from the [coming] punishment that he should be granted life. And Allah is Seeing of what they do. The need of hour is to realize this fact, Possibly, You would avoid virus but death is omnipresent.

Maryum Maqsood is an IR Scholar, Her area of interest is International Relations, Kashmir Case, Religious Studies and Climate Change. She can be reached at maryum_maqsood@hotmail.com 

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