Previously on this blog I have documented the Islamic State's perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic expressed through its official al-Naba' newsletter. Here I will illustrate other jihadist perspectives (and any other Islamic State perspectives) through primary sources with translation. Hopefully this should serve as a useful resource.
Corona: destroyer of the oppressors and martyrdom for the believers
In the name of God and praise be to God and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God. As for what follows:
Exalted is the Almighty Holder of Sovereignty who says: "And the soldiers of your Lord do not know, but He." Exalted is my Lord who vanquishes the haughty oppressors and supports the monotheist Ahl al-Sunna. Whoso opposes Him, He breaks him without concern.
We live in a time in which falsehood has gained supremacy and the 'rule of secularism and atheism' has arisen, won the day and ruled with its rule, such that you proceed in the land of God and you hardly see any land ruled by the Shari'a besides guerrilla groups protecting and defending the Exalted's religion.
We have seen Abu Jahl in our age: 'America and its allies' inflicting the worst torture on the monotheists, slaughtering their children and keeping alive their women, and they have thought that their fortresses have protected them from God, but God forbid that He should leave them without punishment. And here today we see a small soldier of the soldiers of God that has been imposed on the paths of disbelief to make them taste a bitter cup and make their arrogance disappear, and the decree of the Lord of the Worlds is that He has infected with it a number of the Muslims: "May God heal them all."
A virus you cannot see with the naked eye: it has destroyed their plans, struck their business, destroyed their top guys and criminals, and made them preoccupied with themselves after their active work was to plot against the monotheists. So we have seen the biggest of the criminals coming out in interviews with fear of the virus amid their eyes, and this is but a fulfilment of the truth of the Exalted's words: "So God came to them from where they did not reckon."
And we convey glad tidings to the Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama'a in every place that the collapse of the idolaters and whoso is loyal to them has become very near, so be prepared of Ummah of Tawheed to nail the last nail in the coffin of falsehood, and to launch your assault so that the land of God should be ruled by the rule of God.
And in the end we note something: that the Muslim must protect himself against infection by this virus, and if- God forbid- he should be infected and die because of it, he is a martyr by the permission of God. And we ask God to save all the Muslims from this virus, and praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds.
Written by the brother: Khalid al-Siba'i.
[published by the pro al-Qaeda Thabat News Agency]
Closing the mosques because of the Coronavirus
Abdulllah Muhammad al-Muheisseni
My opinion on closing the mosques on Fridays and the congregations in the Islamic lands because of corona!
I think that is decision is a clear mistake and one should not have to submit to it in the lands of the Muslims. That is because the West looks at the coronavirus through a materialist perspective only!!
For in their view it is a result of complicated environmental factors for which they do not find a realistic explanation. And according to this view, the barring of any gatherings is a beneficial solution because it cuts off the sole cause in their view!
As for the Muslims' view, the virus is a material cause that has resulted from Shari'i truths and it is a verse of the Lord of the Worlds by which God terrifies His servants...and in our view: "He has not brought down a tribulation except through sin" and "corruption and tribulation" appear for the frequency of impudence and supremacy of obscenities and lack of reformers and the distance from the Lord of the Worlds.
So in our religion, when He brought down the tribulation, the pleasure of our eyes (SAWS) turned to prayer!!
So how can we in the intensity of the crisis close the houses of God, the places of prayer!!?
And in our religion, when the Sun or Moon is eclipsed, we call prayer as congregation!
And in our religion, when rain becomes barren, we say: 'Come to prayer'!!
And in our religion, when the enemy gains supremacy, we are submissive in prayer!!
And in our religion, the solution for every problem: prayer, then prayer, then prayer.
So are we to close the houses of God in a crisis that threatens humanity like this one!!?
In conclusion: we do not assert neglect of the function of the cause. For whoso eats garlic or onion is to keep away from the mosque and likewise we say about all who show in themselves suspicions of any symptom: they are to be kept away. As for closing the houses of God in the lands of the Muslims in the time of the tribulation in which we are in urgent need to bend the neck before the Generous Pardon [God]: no and 1000 nos.
And if necessary, a middle solution should be reached in that the number should be reduced or some of them should be closed besides others or those who frequent them must be obliged to take up precautions like wearing the muzzle and gloves and the like and other necessary measures.
For many of the governmental offices will not be closed but rather the necessary measures will be intensified in them.
And likewise let there be in the mosques, especially as the people of the mosques generally perform an important part of the measures of protection in the devotion of worship like washing the hands and exterior limbs in ablution, and God knows best.
Written by Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Muheisseni
Date: 22 Rajab 1441 AH corresponding to 17 March 2020 CE
Will not the closure of your mosques today by choice- lest the epidemic should strike you- remind you of the closure of thousands of mosques in al-Sham, occupied Palestine, East Turkestan and Andalus etc. by subjugation and compulsion after the occupier trampled on them, and the sinful disbeliever caused disaster in them, and turned them from mosques into museums or idolatrous temples?!
Perhaps in corona is a lesson to the neglectful ones: make right the circumstances of your mosques today by choice, lest they should vanish from you tomorrow by force- God forbid. And for you in the occupied lands of the Muslims is a lesson and sign.
By the grace of God and His power: the mosques of the liberated areas in al-Sham, are filled with their people, and the mosques are crowded with people praying, and no mosque has been cut off from the congregations and Friday prayers, except a mosque occupied by the disbelievers or has become a heap of rubble on the line of clash, and to God one should complain.
In their prayers the Muslims in al-Sham ave turned towards God in these difficult days: they have turned to Him so that He may rid them of the human viruses: the Russian, Rafidite and Nusayri ones, and so that He may protect them from the evil of the microbial viruses: corona and its sisters.
So God, make lasting upon us the bounty of prayer in Your noble houses, and grant the Muslim in every place deliverance and an exit.
al-Zubair al-Ghazi [of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, published on 20 March 2020]
Corona is a dangerous epidemic but more dangerous than that is when we rebel against God in this time. We need sincere repentance as Muslim societies because materialism has drowned the minds and distracted them so this virus has come to make clear that that materialism and practical development are impotent before the grandeur of the Creator in Whose hands are the keys to everything. Oh God, accept our repentance and restore us finely to the Truth.
It has become clear through the Iraqi demonstrations that many of the Shi'a masses have known the error of that marja'iya and the danger of subordination to Iran so Iraq has been witnessing a great transformation but corona has been an aid lifeline for those corrupt parties and their rotten marja'iya. Oh God restore finely the people of Iraq and the Muslims entirely to the Truth.
The problem of the Iraqi people is not corona for it is a temporary epidemic for it and will end, but rather the problem of the Iraqi people in general and the Shi'a in particular is following those corrupt marja'iyas that have corrupted the religion of the people and their earthly life.
Abu Mariya al-Qahtani [of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, published on 24 March 2020]
When the epidemic spreads you must stay in your place:
A'isha said: I asked the Messenger of God- SAWS- about the plague. He informed me that it is a torment sent by God on whomsoever He wills, and God has made it a mercy to the believers. Whosoever dwells in his land patient and awaiting as the plague befalls it, knowing that it will only strike the one for whom God has decreed, for that person is the likes of the reward of a martyr- (Sahih al-Bukhari).
My advice to my people in the liberated areas is to take up the causes and keep distant from gatherings and avoid hand-shaking and take up the counsels of the doctors as they are the people of speciality in this field, for taking up the causes is of the completeness of tawakkul [putting one's reliance on God], for corona is a disease that transmits through the handshake and mixing and therefore one must take up the causes.
Abu Mariya al-Qahtani [of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, published on 23 March 2020]
Because of corona- may God heal us and you- the land today is less sinful and as hopeful as it can be of God's mercy and answer to prayer.
al-Idrissi [of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, published on 23 March 2020]
#Corona has not only exposed the weakness of the bodies of modern humans only but also it has exposed the weakness of the new systems and revealed their defects and clarified the hidden element of the deceit of this transitory materialist civilization. So will men return to their guidance and be born anew to revive what was wiped out from ethics and values? And will the Muslims wake up to return to lead the nations and call them to good?!
Dr. Mudhhir al-Weis [of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, published on 22 March 2020]
With corona, a blessing in the disguise of tribulation
Epidemic or gift?!
I have considered the circumstances of the people with the coronavirus and found much good in clothing of evil exterior, and that is not surprising when one considers the words of one's Almighty Lord: "And peradventure you dislike something even as God places in it much good." For how many trials have become blessings! And how many disliked things have brought desirable things, and how many malices have brought down bounties!
For among the benefits of corona you have seen is much return from people to their Lord, and their depending on Him, and their praying to Him, and many people remembering the prayers, wirds, and adkhar and protecting themselves and their offspring through them, and renewing repentance and increasing calls for forgiveness.
And among the benefits of corona is that the people have become isolated from their Tawagheet for they have cut off the practice of kissing the hands of the Tawagheet and kissing their heads, even if the custom of licking their shoes from a distance remains among many of their followers and agents (their 'ulama).
And among the benefits of corona: that it has covered the faces of women, as people have abandoned the opposite in the ruling on covering the face, and they have taken up the greater form of protection, and have applied the principle of sidd al-dhara'i [to prevent that which may lead to sin], and they have preferred warding off the acts of corruption over bringing interests, and they have no longer seen anything meticulous, intense or extreme from this.
And among the benefits of corona: that many of those dazzled with the civilization of the West and others- who were telling us about the cleanliness of the West, and their education and progress, such that some of the foolish ones preferred them to the Muslims- have now been warning in their new coronite preaching about imitating them. And they say: beware that we should reach the state Italy, France, Britain and China have reached!
And among the benefits of corona: the closing of the bars and nightclubs and places of corruption, and the confinement of people- women, men, elderly and youth- to their homes and their abandoning of going out and about and wandering in the streets, as well as the cutting off smoking and the like from most of them.
Among the benefits of corona: it has exposed the rulers and their 'ulama who justify for them the impeding of the Shari'a on the grounds of their impotence to compel the people by it, and their lack of ability to do so. For the corona crisis has made clear that they are capable of implementing the most difficult decisions when they want that. For if they had wanted they could have closed the bars. If they had wanted they could have closed the banks of usury. And if they had wanted they could have barred women from self-adornment and closed the houses of prostitution and corruption, but they do not want or desire that, and they insist on their falsehood and corruption and their sowing corruption, willingly choosing that, without an excuse or harm that may strike them, and do not except from this state of affairs an Arab Taghut, a Turkish one or any miserly one.
And among the benefits of corona: that the West has restored filth to cleanliness, as their doctors today advise them to inhale, gargle and wash the hands three or four times per day. And they are deeds the praying Muslim repeats five times per day: repeated three times at minimum. And his Prophet (SAWS) encouraged him to go overboard in that, so he has no need to imitate and follow the West.
And among the benefits of corona: that the people have known that the mosques which the governments control: most of them are sultanate mosques following the command of the ruler by the command of the law. And they have known that the obligation on the Muslims is that they should strive to be independent of them with private mosques even if they are as the nesting place of sound grouses. For they are more blessed than mosques closed and opened according to the whims of the Tawagheet, except the three mosques which have well-known special status.
And among the benefits of corona: that it has given us a break from the obligatory unified sermons imposed on the imams of the mosques to glorify the Tawagheet and praise their policies, for they have been cut off and we have gained a break from them, even if temporarily, without our deliberately refraining from Friday or congregation prayers, such that we can give sermons among our dependants or pray them as dhuhr prayers.
And among the benefits of corona: that on account of it and the overcrowding of the prisons, God has thus provided deliverance to some of the oppressed. And we ask God Almighty not to leave any oppressed person in the prisons of the Tawagheet.
So do not curse corona and be patient, and be hopeful. Perhaps God will bring us more benefits and blessings and glad tidings from it.
[post on Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi's channel on Telegram: 23 March 2020]
Why do I see you tormented by the epidemic,
And almost terrified to the point that you are going mad?
If your death is inevitably coming,
Why do you fear death from corona?
People before us died in the plague,
What is with the one who has not understood the plague?
Whoso does not die through being struck, dies in another way.
For death is a true fact and men are mortal.
The One who decreed for Himself to remain,
Decreed as law that men should perish.
If your accumulation were just, you should not fear it.
But you have borne debts from sins.
God has warned His servants of the epidemic.
God has disturbed calm by tribulation.
Exalted is the One who saves the servants by His grace
And brings delight to their souls and eyes.
Do justice for yourself before your death.
For those who fear Him are the saved.
[a nasheed shared on Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi's channel on 19 March 2020, and concerning the nasheed the post says: "A song I liked," quoting the lines rhetorically asking why one should fear death from coronavirus if death is inevitable anyway].
They do not possess for themselves benefit or harm: Corona as an example
The psychological defeat in people in this time has reached the point that they believe there to be in America and its sisters qualities and deeds that cannot be attributed to men, such as knowing everything, and being capable of everything! So nothing happens on Earth without their knowledge, and nothing from the circumstances of the people should be except by their rule, and nothing in this world should be inaccessible to their power and capabilities, so people have worshipped them besides God out of fear and ambition, and have sought their contentment and feared their wrath, even with the wrath of their Lord (exalted is He).
And therefore, many of the people explain all the greatest occurrences in light of these false beliefs, so whatever happens, they believe that America is aware of it before it occurs! For nothing is absent from the hearing and sight of its intelligence apparatuses and it intends for that to occur for nothing is without the will of its rulers, and and it is capable of preventing it if it so wills for nothing is free from the ability of its army and politicians! The Almighty nature of God is much above what they describe.
And therefore we find some of the people of error from those claiming affiliation with Islam observing America in their deeds more than their observation of their Lord (Almighty and Exalted is He), so they expend their efforts to realize its will even before it demands that of them, and that is because they believe they cannot realize any desire of their own except by its contentment with them, and if some of them convince their followers that they are pretending to please America only to do secretly what angers it, most of them believe that it reviews their secrets just as they grant them review over their open actions, so they strive to obey it secretly as they obey it openly, and worship America in every occasion as though they see it in front of them, and even if they do not see it present they are convinced that it sees them in its absence from them! And there is no power or force except in God.
Therefore also these people do not believe that an enemy of America can triumph in the land except by its contentment or aid and in order to achieve its desire in matters that may be hidden to them as they take on the burden of investigating them and take pride in claiming to have come to them. Indeed the matter has got to the point with them- and refuge is to be sought in God- that they attribute to America everything that happens in the Earth from good or bad that strikes the people, so if drought happens in a land, it is because America prevented rain from them, and if rain comes upon it, it is because America directed to it the wind that drives the heavy clouds. And if an earthquake strikes a town, America moved the land under it, and if a government is stable in the land, it is because America has been content with it, and if the inhabitants arise against it, America is the one that directed them and got them out of their homes to revolt against it and overthrow its rule.
Indeed the stupidity of these people is such that when they have found their idolatrous principles cannot be correct in explaining the calamities and catastrophes that afflict America in every land, they have attributed these calamities to America as well, so it harms its inhabitants and destroys its economy and ruins its land to realize a goal that renders no benefit to it sooner or later! And if they do not know this goal they resort to fantasies and myths told to them by hucksters who attribute them to knowledge and reality. They do this to reassure them of the soundness of their religion and correctness of their belief.
And we have seen in the great tribulation that has befallen the nations during the past months how these believers fluctuate with America, harm to it and benefit to it. So when the matter first involved the disbelievers of China they came out affirming that it is the hand of America that has struck the people with the disease in order to weaken their force and destroy their economy, because their country is competing with America globally. But they do not know that those who came up with these stories are the Tawagheet of China themselves after the mounting criticism they faced from their idolatrous followers for their shortcoming in containing the illness before it spread in the land.
So when the disease spread more and struck the Crusader countries allied to America in Europe in particular, and the government of China announced its land had recovered from it, the idiots delved further into their ignorance to claim that the goal of the spread of the epidemic in Europe is to reduce the number of elderly who cost their countries a lot to care for them! And this is occurring with collusion between America and the governments of those states, despite what people see entirely from the catastrophes that have befallen those countries, their inhabitants and economy.
Even as the disease has reached America itself and struck tens of thousands of its people, the ignorant have added a new reason- in addition to getting rid of the elderly and frail- to the will of the rulers of America to have the disease afflict their land, and it is that they are bearing all these great losses that will afflict them and their economy and the great dangers that threaten their security and society, with the aim of striking the other states with greater damages they cannot bear, so America will come out after the tribulation more power and more influential in the world!
And there has been in this tribulation and what has accompanied it from events people are suffering from in plain sight a sign for them if they had understanding: namely, that what God the Exalted has willed for good or evil to strike the people cannot be prevented by anyone, not matter how strong, knowledgeable or tyrannical he may be. So neither America nor others besides it could have expected the occurrence of a catastrophe to strike them of this proportion before it occurred, let alone having certain knowledge of it. And neither America nor others besides it have been able to ward off from themselves and their inhabitants what God Almighty has willed for them. And neither America nor others besides it are capable of removing what harm has afflicted them except by the will of God the Exalted and what the Exalted has determined for them. And neither America nor others besides it are capable of determining what will afflict them tomorrow let alone determining that for others besides themselves. Surely whoso worships America has erred, and whoso fears it and implores it besides God the Exalted has erred. Surely they have erred and their efforts in this world and the Hereafter have come to nought. The Almighty has said: "Say: who is the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth? Say: God. Say: So have you taken besides Him as allies those who do not possess for themselves benefit or harm? Say: Are the blind and seeing equal? Or are the darkness and light equal? [al-Ra'd 16]
[Islamic State al-Naba' editorial published 26 March 2020]
Corona..,political and economic collapses
The heads of the strongest states in force and the greatest of them in might [/tyrannical might] are coming out to say that there is no solution to the corona epidemic with the announcement of surrender in fighting it off: the most recent statement in this regard was by the Italian prime minister on Thursday evening: "We have lost control entirely and the epidemic is destroying us. The world has ended and the matter is left to Heaven."
This coincides with a state of anxiety and fear of the unknown striking the peoples and governments amid complete inability to deal with a virus only seen by the microscopes and which has been harvesting thousands of souls here and there, and infecting hundreds of thousands among them the heads of kufr [disbelief] and criminality while they have killed and shed the blood of the Muslims all over the world. And it is as though the gnat that God (Almighty and Exalted is He) sent to destroy Nimrod- the greatest of the tyrants of the earth in his time- is conceived in this small entity in order to harvest through it heads that have tyrannized and killed thousands of the Muslims.
Iran, which has worked throughout 10 years to kill the Syrians and displace them and still carried out oppression and slaughter in Arab states, stands today impotent and stretching out its hand to the International Monetary Fund (and this has not occurred since 60 years) to borrow some billions of dollars to fight off the corona disaster as it is considered the first place regionally in terms of the spread of the epidemic. And likewise is the state of affairs for states richer, more powerful, more wrongdoing and more oppressive as they have come out declaring material weakness before the will of God: "Indeed the earthly causes have been cut off and we have left the matter to Heaven."
God (Almighty and Exalted is He) has said: 'And likewise the seizure of your Lord when He seized the towns as they were wrongdoers: indeed His seizure is painful, intense.' This is so with a global prediction that there is no root or quick solution to stop the escalation of the corona crisis- something that has cast its negative consequences on the global economy at a time when capitalism and humanitarianism entirely are witnessing an unprecedented collapse as they have begun to totter and fall apart, coinciding with the corona crisis and a state of tension that has been afflicting the economy for long years.
The Messenger of God (SAWS) said: "No infection, and no evil omen." So the Muslims today are in a test. Corona will disappear sooner or later and its results we remain and what we have come to. And the obligation upon us today as Muslims is to put reliance in God (Almighty and Exalted is He), to keep hope bound in the promise of God Almighty for deliverance and the disappearance of the anxiety and not to be preoccupied with tracking the news and reports and relying on the earthly causes. For the solution has been cut off, except from Heaven, and indeed God is merciful to His servants and will not make us go to loss. All that is from the goodness of putting reliance on our Lord and honesty in repentance and certainty of the Exalted's ability alone to remove the harm. Do not be worried about corona and do not exaggerate its matter, and let us be preoccupied with our relation with the Lord of corona for there is no remover of it but He. The Almighty has said:
"But no town had believed so its faith would have benefited it, except the people of Younis. When they believed, We removed from the the torment of disgrace in this earthly life and We granted them enjoyment for a time."
[Editorial from weekly Iba' magazine affiliated with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, 28 March 2020]
Window of awareness
Corona and the wind of the trench
Sheikh: Yahya al-Farghali
The burden on the Muslims reached its most intense point in the fifth year of the Hijra when the disbelievers besieged al-Medina like the bracelet on the wrist and the intensity was increased by the fact that the Jews of the Banu Qurayza violated the pact and colluded with the Quraysh to stab the Muslims in the back, and Islam seemed on the verge of total destruction, but in this moment came the divine help and God sent a wind routing the disbelief and its soldiers: "Oh you who have believed, remember the bounty of God upon you when soldiers came upon you so We sent against them a wind and soldiers you did not see."
And despite this splendid verse it was not transmitted that any of the disbelievers believed in its cause, but rather Abu Sufyan who was at the head of the army of disbelief at the time and bore witness to this verse with his own eye and likely heard the verses of the Qur'an that eternalized the realities of this divine victory, only came to believe three years after this event on the conquest of Mecca. And there is no surprise in this because the idolaters are misled by Satan as He interprets for them any verse regarding the unseen as being accounted for by worldly causes only: "One of the storms of the Arabian Peninsula and the Muslims clung to the trench so we were compelled to withdraw"- this is probably what Satan implanted in their mind.
And this means of interpreting events is the predominant way in the materialist age that men have been living in for 300 years approximately and was begun by the Englishman 'Francis Bacon' as he established the the foundations of the scientific [/experimental] method and brought it out in opposition to the unseen religious method in explaining events and symptoms. And because of this zero-sum battle that was kindled at the time between the church and its corrupted gospel on the one land and the experimental scientific community on the other, with the advance of the latter in a way that showed the flaws of the church's explanation of events, the Bacon method gained the ascendancy and destroyed- more or less- the unseen method. And the days after that proceeded and the West conquered the Muslims- because of their distance from the religion- and the occupier brought its culture to the land of the Islam and found the 'Khaldunite' base a fertile ground so the conquered imitated the conqueror in supposing an artificial conflict between the unseen and experimental and giving the ascendancy to the experimental, despite the fact that there is no existence for this conflict at all between the Islamic religion- which was not distorted as the church's religion was distorted- and the scientific method. Rather the scientific method has only proven time after time the correctness of what Islam has stated and pointed to regarding issues in worldly science.
The previous documentation explains the hidden conflict concerning the conditioning and means of dealing with the 'corona' epidemic as some turn away from any unseen explanation for it as being a punishment for the disbelievers and mercy for the believers, not to mention disgust and ridicule of treatment through Ruqyia [exorcism] and Adkhar [remembrances of God]- even as it is established in Islam as being of the most powerful and beneficial remedies. But I would like to speak here about something behind that: namely, the resemblance between this epidemic and the wind of the trench not only in terms of assessment and unseen cause, but also its impact on the Muslims and in particular the mujahideen among them. For the great crisis Islam is living through in the present reality and the great stranglehold upon it are not hidden: such that the stranglehold has reached its sources in the Arabian Peninsula. And also there is what the mujahideen in Idlib have faced from a reality that has almost destroyed them. So is 'corona' the wind of our age that will save Islam and restructure the world anew so that the age of might and enabling of the Muslims and mujahideen can begin?! The coming days will answer this question, but whatever the answer is we must not ignore the unseen judgement that revolves around us, and we must consolidate this judgement whether in prayer and tawakkul [putting reliance on God] so that the judgement should for our interest or in material work to bring about that as the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) did when he sent Hudhaifa to conduct reconnaissance on the disbelievers in the wind of the trench and sent Na'im bin Mas'ud to corrupt the agreement that occurred between Banu Qurayza and the idolaters.
[article in Iba' newsletter by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Sheikh Abu al-Fatah al-Farghali, published 28 March 2020].