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Imam Ibn Kathīr tells in his books that in the year 478 AH (1085 CE) a disease and plague accompanied by severe fever broke out in Iraq, Syria and Hijaz. It caused both domestic and wild animals to die, leaving the people with no meat or milk. It was accompanied by black winds and thunderbolts that brought down entire trees. The people thought that Judgement Day had arrived!
It so happened that in this same year, the Abbasid Caliph Al-Muqtadī bi Amrillāh (d. 487 AH/1094 CE) commanded that everyone strive to command the good and forbid the evil. Every musical instrument was crushed and destroyed, bottles of alcohol were smashed and spilled, and the wicked were exiled from the land.
[Al-Bidāyah wal-Nihāyah 13/216]
Could that have been the reason for Allah bringing an end to that epidemic?
Although repentance and extra worship is a great remedy for times of calamities, many forget that commanding good and forbidding evil is as important, as calamities are caused by the uncensored spread of immorality and indecency.
-Shaykh Kamil Ahmad
اللهم أعنا على ذكرك وشكرك وحسن عبادتك
Allah-humma A’in-na ‘Ala Thikri-ka wa Shukri-ka wa Husni ‘Ebaadati-ka
translation: O Allah help me to remember you, and thank you, and worship you in the best possible way!
Keep us in duas all! Allah guide us to the straight path always.
contributor: Sister Safaa
Thurrock Muslim Community