Be Not Afraid of Anything - Even Swine Flu
Summer is almost here, and soon it's time to travel - to visit families etc. There are lots of things to consider - potential calamities brewing around the world. There's this swine flu virus going around from country to country, and in some countries, you wouldn't know if the statistics are being covered up.
No matter what the problem is, we ought not to be afraid because everything is from the Will of God. He created both good and bad. He created good for us, as a blessing for us to enjoy and be grateful for. He allowed bad things to happen as a test of our patience, resolve and faith. Knowing this, we should not be anxious over anything.
Nothing will happen to us if God has destined safety for us, and bad will occur even if we have taken the maximum precaution, if God destined a trial for us. Having said that, the Prophet Muhammad advised his followers to "tie the camel and trust in God" before going indoors. In modern terms, it means securing our homes from robbers and fire, by locking the doors and installing smoke alarms. After that, pray for God's protection but don't lose sleep over things beyond our control.
Similarly, we can be extra clean to avoid viral infections, or we could strengthen our immunity by consuming highly-nutritious food and avoiding junks or potentially hazardous stuffs like drugs, alcohol and pork.
Much efforts has been made to de-link the swine flu from the swines, but the reality is the virus made a jump from swine to bird in several countries in Asia during their SARS outbreak several years back. Within the few years after that, the virus has learned to adapt within a human environment. One interesting aspect about pigs is its similarities to humans. Both pigs and humans share the same number of chromosomes within its DNA cells. No other animals except the primates come close to this. This allows medical doctors to conduct organ transfers between humans and pigs.
So now that the virus has learned to survive in humans, and can infect one human to another, it is unfair to deny the link that began with the pigs in order to save the pig industries worldwide. Afterall, pigs by-products are one of the cheapest and readily available materials used in everyday processed food, soaps and shoes, amongst other things. Many rich folks will catch depression if people decide to take the small precaution of avoiding pork while the Swine Flu Virus is making its rounds around the world.
O God, we have obeyed Your commands without questioning the reasonings, due to our belief in Your Infinite Wisdom. We have believe in You. Please protect us from evil and make us amongst the steadfast.
The du'a (supplication) for avoiding harm is:
A'uzubi kalimati-Llahi tammati wa min kulli shaitaani wa hammati wa kulli 'ainil lammah.
I seek protection from the perfect word of God from every devil, vermin (or virus) and evil eye.