Our struggle to survive this pandemic is reawakening our appreciation of our Divine Source as well as that of our families and neighbors more intimately. As an Ahmadi Muslim, I turn to the life-giving example of Holy Founder of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him). What would he do amid this pandemic?

 Prophet Muhammad lived a life resigned to Divine Decree but also took preventative measures against all forms of harm, from spiritual and physical to individual and collective. He practiced and preached “cleanliness is a part of faith.”  As “God’s mercy sent unto all creation” in times of a pandemic like COVID-19 he’d reemphasize compassion amid taking precautions, adhering to the law of the land, saving lives by staying home, avoiding travel, social distancing, increased charity, service to humanity, and most importantly increasing prayers with a renewed sincerity. 

 Turns out our neighbors might be following the same 1,400-year-old Islamic prescriptions without even realizing it.

Mirza Ghulam Rabbi, Chino

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

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Ilpalazzo

Wow, you Ahmadis really are the worst of all creatures, aren't you? 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness' predates Islam, hygiene is proscribed in Judaism, Cleanliness is emphasized in Christianity and even symbolized with baptism. And besides, Mohammed DOESN'T BELIEVE IN MICROSCOPIC DISEASE. He thinks these are punishment FROM ALLAH.

MGRABBI

Islam is the name of the same religion started from Adam and it got perfected in the time of Muhammad. So the God of Islam is the same God of all the divinely revealed religions (Christianity, Judaism, etc). Muhammad warned us about not to use dry bones because it contains "jin" referring to what know today as bacteria. So YES he did know and warn us about microscopic disease. Other questions you may have about Islam is found on www.alislam.org or http://www.muhammadfactcheck.org/

MGRABBI

Physicians occupied a high social position in the Arab and Persian culture.

Prominent physicians served as ministers or judges of the government and

were also appointed as royal physicians. Physicians were well-versed in

logic, philosophy and natural sciences. All of the prominent Muslim

philosophers earned their livelihood through the practice of medicine.

Muslim physicians made astounding break throughs in the fields of allergy,

anatomy, bacteriology, botany, dentistry, embryology, environmentalism,

etiology, immunology, microbiology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, pathology,

pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, surgery, urology, zoology, and the

pharmaceutical sciences.

The Islamic medical scholars gathered vast amounts of information, from

around the known world, added their own observations and developed

techniques and procedures that would form the basis of modern medicine. In

the history of medicine, Islamic medicine stands out as the period of greatest

advance, certainly before the technology of the 20th

century. Read more; https://www.alislam.org/library/articles/Medical-Breakthroughs-in-Islamic-Medicine.pdf

MGRABBI

Muslims scientist contribution is science: Ibn-Sina (980-1037)

Avicenna (Ibn Sina) is considered the father of modern medicine, for the

introduction of experimental medicine, clinical trials, risk factor analysis,

and the idea of a syndrome in the diagnosis of specific diseases, in his

medical encyclopedia, The Canon of Medicine (c. 1025), which was also the

first book dealing with evidence-based medicine, randomized controlled

trials, and efficacy tests.

Ibn Sina

Avicenna's contributions to medicine include the discovery of the contagious

nature of infectious diseases, the introduction of quarantine to limit the

spread of contagious diseases, the introduction of experimental medicine,

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evidence-based medicine, clinical trials, randomized controlled trials,

efficacy tests, clinical pharmacology, and the idea of a syndrome in the

diagnosis of specific diseases. His contributions also include the first

descriptions of bacteria and viral organisms, the distinction of mediastinitis

from pleurisy, the contagious nature of phthisis and tuberculosis, the

distribution of diseases by water and soil, and the first careful descriptions of

skin troubles, sexually transmitted diseases, perversions, and nervous

ailments, as well the use of ice to treat fevers, and the separation of medicine

from pharmacology, which was important to the development of the

pharmaceutical sciences.

He discovered many of the ailments which are still widespread, such as

Ankylostoma parasite and he called it 'the round worm'.

In the third book of his masterpiece Canon of Medicine, Avicenna described

patients with symptoms of carotid hypersensitivity syndrome. The

conditions of these patients, who had excessive yawning, fatigue, and

flushing, improved following pressure on their carotids. Based on such

history, it seems that Avicenna was the first to note the carotid sinus

hypersensitivity. https://www.alislam.org/library/articles/Medical-Breakthroughs-in-Islamic-Medicine.pdf

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