Just when we thought we were totally and completely invulnerable, and no one can tell us what to do or how to behave, God Almighty sent us the Coronavirus – COVID-19.
It came out of nowhere and got everybody’s attention.
And now no one really believes they are totally and completely unassailable. And everybody is telling everybody else to hunker down, to shelter in place, and to do this, that and something else.
Don’t you think God Almighty has his way of getting things done?
And, as God’s Plan for his world, God sent Islam into this world. To tell and show people what they should do and how they should behave.
And God put all that in a book called the Qur’an.
And God sent a man called Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to precisely show everybody how to do the things that God wanted them to do.
And that man, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, told and showed everybody how Cleanliness is really key to Godliness.
And he asked and showed everybody how to observe Personal Hygiene, for, without it they would not get to worship God or get close to God.
And this man Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, taught and showed the world that this routine, this regimen, this highly personalized protocol of Personal Hygiene, begins with washing your hands; and then washing and rinsing your mouth; and then washing and rinsing your nostrils; and then washing your entire face, including your eyes.
And this was 1400 years ago.
And the whole world has been practicing this Personal Hygiene Protocol, for all these 1400 years.
When I say “the whole world,” I means all those billions upon billions of people around the world, throughout these past 1400 years, who are called Muslims.
And the formal Islamic name for this Personal Hygiene Protocol is Wudu.
And Wudu that is required before performing every prayer, and before touching and handling the Qur’an, holds the key to keeping the world safe from the Modern Day Menace of the Coronavirus.
For, it is through hands, by touching that is, that the Coronavirus mainly spreads. And it is through your mouth, nose and eyes that the Coronavirus enters your system, the human body.
Islam showed us to protect ourselves by constantly washing our hands, mouth, nose and face. If we did not follow that practice so far, isn’t it time now, when the menace of the Coronavirus is upon us, to embrace at least that part of Islam that shows us how to protect ourselves by following the Personal Hygiene Protocol of Islam called Wudu?
From Coronavirus to Islam is not that far, is it?