An Islamic scholar who ranted about how the Coronavirus was an “act of Allah” and “Divine Punishment against the Chinese” for their treatment of Muslims in the west of the country has been treated for the deadly covid-19 coronavirus.
Shi’ite Iraqi Islamic scholar Hadi Al-Modarresi, from Qom, Iran, in a February 28 video spoke about how the virus was providential retribution for China’s appalling treatment of their minority Muslim population, was reportedly diagnosed with the coronavirus a few days later.
According to Memri, Al-Modarresi said:
“It is obvious that the spread of this virus is an act of Allah. How do we know this? The spread of the coronavirus began in China, an ancient and vast country, the population of which makes up one seventh of humanity. More than a billion people live in that country. The authorities in that country are tyrannical and they laid siege to more than a million Muslims and placed them under house arrest. The journalists in that country began to mock the niqab of Muslim women and they forced Muslim men to eat pork and drink wine. Allah sent a disease upon them and this disease laid siege to 40 million [Chinese people]. The same niqab that they mocked has been forced upon them, both men and women, by Allah, by means of the state authorities and officials.
“Islam forbade people from eating insects, but [the Chinese] mocked this matter. And there you have it, this disease spread from the world of animals – be it bats, ants, or snakes, the result is the same – to the human world and it has scared humanity in its entirety.”
Iraqi Islamic Scholar Hadi Al-Modarresi, Prior to Being Infected with Coronavirus: The Virus Is a Divine Punishment against the Chinese pic.twitter.com/7NiQki6qBy
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) March 9, 2020
However, after contracting the disease, Al-Modarresi tweeted an update of his health and a picture of himself wearing a face mask, according to Red State.
Al-Modarresi tweeted: “O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and reveal all my distress with them, and spare them all their worries, and relieve me of them with all sorrow and cease to them with all fear, and distract me from them with amounts of affliction, bad judgment, grief of enemies, and gloat of enemies.”
“Disclaimer: The health of His Eminence is in a marked improvement, praise be to God. Your prayers for him and other believers.”
"اللّهم صلّ على محمد وآل محمد، واكشف عنّي بهم كل كرب، ونفّس عنّي بهم كل همّ، وفرّج عنّي بهم كل غمّ واكفني بهم كلّ خوف، واصرف عني بهم مقادير البلاء، وسوء القضاء، ودرك الشقاء، وشماتة الأعداء"
تنويه: صحة سماحة السيد في تحسّن ملحوظ ولله الحمد والمنّة. دعواتكم له ولسائر المؤمنين
— السيد هادي المدرسي (@HadiAlModarresi) March 7, 2020
The scholar appears to have improved health-wise in the picture he uploaded.
يا عمتاه وهذا الشوق في كبدي
ما حيلتي ليت شباك الهوى بيدي
في كل يوم لنا شوقٌ نكابده
ما دام في القلب نبضٌ فالوصال ندي
فأنتم الماء للأحياء قاطبةً
يا سادتي أولياء الله يا مددي pic.twitter.com/pqGSUPcdnD
— السيد هادي المدرسي (@HadiAlModarresi) March 10, 2020
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