Message From H.I Syed Sartaj Zaidi Regaring COVID-19
At this time, the whole world is suffering from the Corona virus.
Many countries are in lock down mode.
The outbreak has become one of the biggest threats to the global
economy as travel has been restricted and many businesses temporarily shut down.
It is changing how we live our daily lives. Seeing how the global
pandemic has affected various aspects of life every where reveals the unique
nature of this crisis.
Our social gatherings have been disturbed, schools and offices closed, and
religious gatherings shut down.
Religion is supposed to be a source of comfort in times of confusion and suffering.
However, many services, such as Umrah, have been temporarily suspended.
Rich and poor nations alike are suffering.
We should use this time to observe and reflect on what is transpiring around
us by asking certain questions.
Are we committing any sins in our lives?
Are we quietly observing the suffering and oppression of people in Yemen,
Iraq, Kashmir, Palestine, India, and many other countries?
There are many arrogant people and leaders who consider themselves untouchable.
They think nothing can stop them from murdering people and looting nations to get what
God has warned them.
أَوَلَمْ يَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَيَنظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الَّذِينَ مِن
Have they not traveled in the land and seen how was the fate of those who
were before them?
كَانُوا أَشَدَّ مِنْهُمْ قُوَّةً وَأَثَارُوا الْأَرْضَ وَعَمَرُوهَا أَكْثَرَ مِمَّا عَمَرُوهَا
They were more powerful than them, and they plowed the earth and
developed it more than they have developed it.
وَجَاءتْهُمْ رُسُلُهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ
Their apostles brought them manifest proofs.
فَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيَظْلِمَهُمْ وَلَكِن كَانُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ
So it was not Allah who wronged them, but it was they who used to wrong themselves .
Today, just one virus has changed the world.
Allah warned us but some people don't learn from the mistakes of the past.
Allah is merciful and this test is also a display of his mercy.
وَلَقَدْ أَخَذْنَا آلَ فِرْعَوْنَ بِالسِّنِينَ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ
Certainly We afflicted Pharaoh's clan with droughts and loss of produce,
so that they may take admonition
أَوَلاَ يَرَوْنَ أَنَّهُمْ يُفْتَنُونَ فِي كُلِّ عَامٍ مَّرَّةً أَوْ مَرَّتَيْنِ ثُمَّ لاَ يَتُوبُونَ وَلاَ هُمْ يَذَّكَّرُونَ
Do they not see that they are tried once or twice every year? Yet they neither
repent, nor do they take admonition .
He wants people to return to their Lord and fulfill the purpose of their creation.
He is just and wants justice in the world.
There are two kinds of tests for ordinary people.
One is due to their own actions or sin, the other is due to the actions of others.
وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ
Whatever affliction that may visit you is because of what your hands have earned
وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ
and He excuses many [an offense of yours]. (42: 30).
وَمَا أَنتُم بِمُعْجِزِينَ فِي الْأَرْضِ ۖ وَمَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّـهِ مِن وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ
You cannot frustrate [Allah] on the earth, and you do not have besides Allah any
guardian or helper .
ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ
Corruption has appeared in land and sea because of the doings of the people's hands,
لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ
that He may make them taste something of what they have done, so that they may come back .
وَاتَّقُواْ فِتْنَةً لاَّ تُصِيبَنَّ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ مِنكُمْ خَآصَّةً
And beware of a punishment, which shall not visit the wrongdoers among you exclusively,
وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
and know that Allah is severe in retribution .
We don't know who is responsible for this virus.
As they are blaming each other, the whole world will pay the price.
For believers, there is a message; we should turn to Allah during this difficult time
and submit to his will.
وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلنَآ إِلَى أُمَمٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ فَأَخَذْنَاهُمْ بِالْبَأْسَاء وَالضَّرَّاء
And, indeed, We sent Our messages unto people before thy time, [O Prophet,] and visited
them with misfortune and hardship
so that they might humble themselves .
While following all precautionary measures from physicians and the state, take into
consideration the advice of our Marja and the leader of the Muslim world at this time.
Recite the 7th dua of as-Sahifa Al-Kamilah Al-Sajjadiyya by Imam Zain ul-Abideen (a) and
ask for forgiveness from Allah.
وَ حَكَى عَنْهُ أَبُو جَعْفَرٍ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ الْبَاقِرُ عليه السلام أَنَّهُ قَالَ :
Imam Abu Ja`far Muhammad ibn `Ali al-Baqir, peace be upon both of them, has related from
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, that he said:
انَ فِى الْأَرْضِ أَمَانَانِ مِنْ عَذَابِ اللَّهِ
وَ قَدْ رُفِعَ أَحَدُهُمَا فَدُونَكُمُ الْآخَرَ فَتَمَسَّكُوا بِهِ :
There are two sources of deliverance from Allah's punishment, one of which has been
raised up, while the other is before you. You should therefore adhere to it.
أَمَّا الْأَمَانُ الَّذِى رُفِعَ فَهُوَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ( ص )
The source of deliverance which has been raised up is the Messenger of Allah
(may He bless him and his descendants),
وَ أَمَّا الْأَمَانُ الْبَاقِى فَالِاسْتِغْفَارُ
while the source of deliverance that remains is the seeking of forgiveness.
قَالَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى
Allah, the Glorified, has said:
وَ ما كانَ اللَّهُ لِيُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَ أَنْتَ فِيهِمْ
And Allah is not to chastise them while you are among them,
وَ ما كانَ اللَّهُ مُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ
nor is Allah to chastise them while yet they seek forgiveness (8:33).
The Prophet is not among us, but the door of forgiveness is still open.
During this difficult time, connect yourselves with the Imam of our time through dua for his appearance.
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِي وَلَكُمْ
I seek Allah's forgiveness for myself and for you.
May Allah protect us and forgive our shortcomings.
May Allah bless you and your families
Syed Sartaj Zaidi