In order to contribute in my own little way as this deadly EBOLA virus is tearing us apart killing our loved ones and still continue to spread. I have decided to make my contribution with my very little Islamic knowledge by ponder my thoughts about the EBOLA epidemic and the Islamic perspective of such an epidemic outbreak during the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him).
Before going further I want to pay tribute to my Brothers and Sisters that have passed away due to this plague presently making rounds in the country. I want to salute Dr. Sheik Umar Khan for his dedication and sacrifices in saving the lives of the people, not forgetting all the Health Workers and the Deputy Chief Imam Sheikh Idriss Kamara of Daru Central Mosque who lost his life together with his 4 children due to his concern in preparing a corpse in Daru Rest in Peace.
EBOLA IS REAL
The only way to prevent EBOLA is by first accepting that EBOLA is real and is an epidemic, secondly apply preventive measures issued by health authorities (people with EBOLA knowledge) and finally embark on prayers.
HOLY QURAN & SUNNAH:-
Sura Baqara verse 155. “”And we will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient:
The Prophet said “If you hear an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave it Volume 7 Book 71, Number 624 Narrated Saud Sahih Bukhari.
Umar bin Al-Khattab departed for Sham. The commander of the army in Sargh told him that an epidemic had broken out in Sham, Umar bin Al-Khattab receiving this information called the early immigrants of the prophet for consultation after consultation. He went further and have another consultation with the Ansar in Madina and lastly with the Quraish people who migrated with the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). At the end of the consultations two opinions came out:-
1. You have come out for a purpose and we don’t think that it is proper to give it up.
2. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be with him) warned us not to enter a place with a plague.
Umar bin Al-Khattab was left with no alternative but to obey the teachings of the holy Prophet and he returned.
HOPE ON AN EPIDEMIC BREAKOUT
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) gave hope to the people who are suffering from such epidemic by saying: - he who dies of an abdominal disease and he who dies of plague is a sufferer of a cause (Jihad) Volume 7 Book 71. The prophet Muhammad (SAW) went further and said “There is no disease that Allah has created except that He also created its treatment.
RIGHTS OF THE BODY
The prophet Muhammad taught us that the body had 9 rights (cleanness, diet, spiritual, moral etc.) and had to be cared for. He also taught that the intestine is the house of disease and prevention was the head of all medicine. He taught a lot about personal and environmental hygiene. He practiced and urged his companions to seek cures for their diseases.
EBOLA VIRUS– COMMON SYMPTOMS
According to health authorities the disease will be full blown from 2 to 21 days (Active & Dangerous), Within this period it will present Sudden Fever, Headache, Joint Muscle Aches and Weakness and as the infection progresses, vomiting and diarrhea, shortness of breath, and bleeding might occur. This can lead to multi organ failure, shock and death.
SOME ISLAMIC GUIDELINES
Decrease person to person transmission, Isolation of infected individuals, Avoid contact with EBOLA patients and their bodily fluids, Be cautious when taking care of a sick person no matter the disease, Avoid contact with corpse, Avoid close contact with live or dead wild animals, Avoid consumption of bush meat, Abstain from illegal sex, Be faithful don’t put your partner at risk, Avoid change of saliva (kiss) with strange person, person exposed to EBOLA virus should seek medical attention immediately, We must treat people affected by the virus with RESPECT & DIGNITY and person with the disease might survive if only he or she report at an early stage.
Hope should be given to victims as we have EBOLA survivors, More testing machines put in place for the test of EBOLA, People should be encouraged to use disposable gloves when taking care of patients in the Hospital.. Disposable gloves and chlorines should be made available in every health center and improvement made in leaflets and communication strategy.