Islamic Perspective on Novel Viruses
By Zaid Shah

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Warning about New Diseases.

Published in: Health
Date: 17 / 04 / 20

In an authentic hadith, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ warned about five things may lead to five among any people and one of them is related to spread of novel viruses & diseases: “…you may be afflicted by five. God forbid that you should live to see them. If fahisha (immodesty/immorality) should become widespread, you should realise that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people which their forebears never suffered….” (Ibn Majah - The Signs Before the Day of Judgment - Ibn Kathir) Fahisha means adultery/fornication, indecency, immorality, obscenity, lewdness and pretty much all that is shameful. Allah ﷻ includes zina (adultery/fornication) in fahisha: "…And do not go anywhere near zina (adultery/fornication): it is fahisha (immodesty/immorality), and an evil path." Fahisha includes all that brings one closer to zina (adultery/fornication) such as sharing immoral jokes, pictures, shameless talk, lewd speech, all that is shameful and immodest, whether in our speech or actions, that promotes or brings ones closer to the act of zina, even though one may not commit the act itself. Covid-19 is a new disease that was never experienced by our ancestors and if fahisha increases then diseases unknown spread among people. Its quite clear to see that never has the world experienced immodesty at such an unprecedented level as its promoted in our times through advertisements, movies, dramas, music, social media, magazines, news, etc. It is said that 'humans are creature of habits' and sadly, with the spread of latest technology, fahisha has become part of the global culture and habits hence it is no surprise to see that this novel virus has engulfed entire humankind. 

Zaid Shah

About the author

I carry a passion for Researching, Learning & Writing on Various Islamic Topics. To read more of my work You can also visit my personal blog website www.rizqankareem.com.

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