Muslim Scholar EnglishOmar Hisham Al Arabi

THE HISTORY & REALITY OF PLAGUES Deadly Covid 19

In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. There were many epidemics if you read any classical book of history that is and history books written and you cannot read a book of history except that you come across a number of plagues.

For example in the year to eighteen he draw a plague affected Egypt and not a single household was unaffected in fact it is said that all the governors and leaders and statesmen died into a teenager in Egypt .

And 228 that plague reached they said that so many people died that they ran out of cloth to cover the bodies and they could not bury the dead in Basra. As well in the year 406 the plagues became so deadly that their the the graveyards were full and the bodies were basically in the streets for a few weeks. Is he said that in some cases the entire family has passed away and they would simply just you know close the house and that would be their burial for many months until the plagues finished .

In the year 448 Hydra another plague swept through some lands including Egypt and Andaluz and because of this emember.

They’re happy mentions in his seal Adam a novella you can look this up volume 18 page three one one for those who are interested because this is a very interesting quote here . Remember there was a plague in a famine in and endaros and musr that people never had seen before had untill masajid amore shutted until the masajid remained shut without anybody praying in them . so this is very explicit here in the year 448 Hydra the plague was so severe and the famine was so severe that the masajid were shut and not a single musalli remained in certain areas and lands and this is expressly mentioned in .

And other books as well and there are many other incidents as well but I want to jump to now of course the infamous Black Plague or the Black Death.

That swept through the century of 14th century of the Gregorian calendar and it swept through the Mediterranean and Andalusia and it affected the entire globe. Of course the epicenter was Europe but it affected the entire globe . As I said this plague the bubonic plague or the black plague it was the greatest plague that recorded history has ever seen . Once again in a number of regions the plague was so severe let me quote you from the famous historian Al mikaze who writes in his book a salute volume 4 page a deed and I give these references because again sometimes people doubt like oh my god how can this be true look at this up yourself am a crazy .

Black Plague that occurred in the year 749 Hydra in a number of regions the Adhan was stopped being given people stopped giving a ban in entire regions . Oh dear it must surely be a ban in white and in the famous place that he’s gonna mention our he said mentions it only one man was given in the entire city.


Were over the masajid it was Hawaii and the majority of masajid and the majority of monasteries where Sufis would gather together they were closed down. They did not remain open, saying the plague was so severe that the majority of masajid and in some places all of the masajid in some regions they were shut down.

So this is something that is not new now the the issue of us being proactive is something that is new it is true because those people were being reactive in those times . When it’s too late then they’re reacting. we’re trying to be proactive and shutting the masajid down before it gets to the level where there are no more people and we have to shut the masjid down . But the point is that it has happened in Islamic history that regions have had to shut masajid .

Stop the event because of the plagues that were I’m happening no doubt and I’ll be the first to say. I don’t think it has ever happened to the global scale that we are witnessing now. But it is because we have more knowledge and we understand the real of plagues and we’re being proactive . Because of that now back to my series of anecdotes here, the greatest commentator of Sahih Bukhari Ibn Hazar in the year 833 Hydra he lost three of his daughters to a plague that affected. All of Egypt during the reign of Sultana Ashraf of the Mamluk era . Because of this he wrote the encyclopedic work it is an encyclopedia over 400 pages . It is printed you can buy it in the classical bookstores and books and book stores that sell classical works. You can buy it in in the the bookstores that have these types of books. It is a very big treatise 400 pages it’s an encyclopedic work that covers many aspects that ,

  • Theology of plagues.
  • Where plagues come from?
  • What to do in times of plagues?
  • The hadith about plagues the filth of plagues.
  • Plagues are a mercy for the believers .
  • Is Allah Punishing Us By Coronavirus ?

And this is a very interesting book that maybe again Allah knows what my future lectures are gonna be but maybe we’ll summarize this book at a lecture. I don’t know we’ll see in any case of some of the takeaways
from this book , he wrote this book Subhan Allah . what a Alim and what a Genius. His family has died he’s seen three of his daughter dies. How does he react he takes that grief and he channels it to write one of the best books the world has ever seen about the fifth of plagues.

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Look at this the the mindsets of this greater. In any case so of the things that we can get lesson from this book that he mentions he has chapters that plagues are a mercy for the believers. Plagues are a mercy for the believers and the punishment unto others . He mentions the famous hadith which is Sahih Bukhari that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wasallam was asked about plague and the Prophets of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala said that
” pleague are punishment for whomever Allah wants and it is a Rehema that Allah has made for the believers “.

So this is our theological understanding of plagues . It is an either notice by the way he did not say an Adhab for all kuffar . He did not say this. He said it is an Adhab that on whomever Allah wants it to be and it is a Rhema for the believers . So this underscores our mentality.

Dear Muslims all that is happening around us . Now we need to understand this as being a Rhema for the movement and we asked all that we are amongst the movement. We wanted to be our Rahma for the Mu’min, even as we suffer some of the pains and the pinches and the consequences in our heart of hearts . Our attitude is whatever is happening there’s a greater wisdom . And in the end it will be Rahma for me.

Ibn Hazar mentions that he has chapters here about those who died in the plague , and of course these chapters are very emotional very powerful because of course he’s lost three of his own family members . Of course he has in this the famous hadith of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihi wasallam “That anyone who remains in a land of plagues and he stays there” . And anyone Stay there patient expecting the reward of a Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala without knowing that nothing will happen except whatever Allah has willed it to happen . Then if he dies he shall die the death of a Shaheed . He mentions therefore you know that we all know this insha’Allah. I hope we all know this now that whoever dies because of the plague with Iman and taqwa that death will be considered the death of a Shaheed .

This is a great blessing from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and it is also a comfort and a consolation that had been had you felt much consoled that my daughter’s my family members died the death of a Shaheed . He also mentions many chapters about the issue of running away from plagues fleeing from from plagues. Of course the famous hadith ” if you hear of a plague in another land don’t go there and if you’re in that land don’t run away from it” . And then he mentions that when is this hadith applicable and when is it not applicable.

He actually ends up concluding and this is the opinion by the way of the vast majority of Olama that it is allowed to travel to and from such lands if there are pressing reasons to do so. What you’re not allowed to do when the plague has come to your land you run away in cowardice and fear thinking that running away will save you.

That is how long but even had your mentions and after him o sleuthy and before him others call this. As well if you’re in a land and you have a genuine reason to go somewhere for example to protect your family for example for medical treatment somewhere else and so you leave one land to another land for legitimate reason . Ibn Hazar says this hadith does not apply to you.

Now should you leave should you not leave this also goes back to the experts of our times , we listen to the medical experts. But the point is that if we are in an epicenter where our experts have said this is an epicentre of disease . We are told we should not travel to flee thinking that running away from it is going to protect us . That is obviously going against what our Prophet SAW Allah . And Allah knows best.

For protection against diseases

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati  min sharri maa khalaqa.

I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created.

O Allah, You are my Lord, there is no god but You, I put my trust in You, You are the Lord of the Mighty Throne. Whatever Allah wills will happen and what He does not will, cannot happen. There is no power or strength except with Allah, the Exalted, the Mighty. I know that Allah has power over all things, and Allah comprehends all things in knowledge. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the evil of myself and from the evil of all creatures under Your control. Surely the straight way is my Sustainer’s way. May Allah Protect Us from everything Amin .

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