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Cold Flu, Birds Flu, Swine Flu:
Flu Of What And Flu Of Whom?
By Ali Al-Hail
ccun.org, May 7, 2009
In one sentence, a flu of humans. As usual,
people have since the outbreak of cold flue, been blaming their flaws on
neutral \ passive things.
Again, it's the impact of
atheist \ agnostic leading scientific researchers in the West, in
particular. Quite often, they refer to a phantom virus or to cold winter
that cause cold flue. Of course, indeed, more or less, their analysis
focuses on defenseless things that cause diseases, financial crash,
poverty, floods, earthquake, tornadoes, storms, etc.
What's cold? What are birds? What's swine? It's because of humans'
decadence, Allah, Almighty God, sends these and other infinitive
supernatural, powerful forces of Allah, Almighty God, as signals that
Allah is not pleased with humans.
don't take notice. The more humans go astray, the more Allah, Almighty
God, issues warnings to humans, persuading her \ him to straighten her \
The current swine flu, and the economic
meltdown are examples of the former. If people trend this way of going
off Allah's track, they would face more turbulences of some kind.
Human beings are created by Allah, Almighty God.
When Allah, Almighty God, created Adam and Eve (see Holy Qur'an 7:172)
Allah, vowed in the capacity of Allah's Unique Divinity and Lordship
that, this oath was printed on the human soul even before she \ he
enters the mother's fetus.
In the view of that, a
child is born with a natural belief in God. This natural belief is,
quite often referred to in the West, as "instinct" or "common sense."
It's called "fitrah" in Qur'nic terms.
were they diseases \ illnesses \ physiological \ psychological
(psychosomatics) symptoms, cold flu, HIV \ Aids, birds' flu, swine flue,
etc. or Allah's-related-supernatural catastrophes, or financial crises
(which are amongst Allah's powerful forces too,) are all Allah's divine
tests, on one hand. While, on the other, ways of divine punishments.
Allah, Almighty God, tests and punishes individually,
and collectively. Individually, when a person does things in excess,
Allah, tests and punishes in someway. Collectively, however, when such a
manner becomes a societal \ phenomenal pattern, Allah tests and punishes
most or all of society.
This is the doctrine of
Allah, the eternal Almighty God. Allah has rules. These rules shouldn't
be broken or confronted.
Almighty God, the Most
High and Exalted, says in the holy Qur'an:
"It is not fitting for a
Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by God and His
Messenger to have any option about their decision: if anyone disobeys
God and His Messenger he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path." (Holy
Qur'an, Chapter 33, Verse 36)
In addition, God, the
Most High and Exalted, has said:
"And whatsoever the Messenger gives
you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)! and fear
God. Verily, God is severe in punishment." (Holy Qur'an, Chapter 59,
Since, Allah, Almighty God, created humans and
everything else, Allah's will which determines whatever encounters
humans, even if such a convention of devotee believers, doesn't make
sense to non believers. Hence, humans should be patient. As, everything
is from Almighty God. It is all a part of Allah's predestination.
These words, by no means, a psychotherapy or a way of comforting and
reassuring an individual or a group, experiencing a tragedy or great
loss of some sort (albeit, they may sound so.) Rather, these are facts
of life, despite its divine nature which is alien to many, who believe
in 1 plus 1 equal 2. However, everyday life demonstrates that, things
are not as so.
Epidemiology, for example (which is
concerned with the study of factors affecting the health and illness of
populations, and serves as the foundation and logic of interventions
made in the interest of public health and preventive medicine,) ratifies
by experience that, lavish abundance of medical services doesn't
necessarily, guarantee a person's health. By the same token, lack or bad
medical services doesn't automatically, affect a person's life.
The former could be a contributory factor rather than primary. This
experience refers to a factor or factors that transcend humans'
capabilities, i.e. Allah's power.
Professor, Dr. Ali Al-Hail, Professor
of Mass Communication, Twice Fulbright
Award Winner, Fulbright
Visiting Scholar, Vice-President Of Qatar Fulbright Group, CSR Award
Judge and Board Member of AUSACE, ASC, IABD, NEBAA, BEA, IMDA and EAJMC
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