Editorial — Summer 2020
The current pandemic sweeping across the world known as COVID-19 has shown how vulnerable we remain to outbreaks on this scale. In the USA alone, it has caused the deaths of men, women, and children in excess of 127,000 at the time of going to print. Social life in nations across the globe has been suspended and economies have all but grinded to a halt. Public health systems around the world are trying their best to control spread of the disease and endeavors are being made at incredible speed globally to develop a vaccine. Healthcare professionals have performed remarkably and selessly to treat those who have contracted the disease. Public debate has ensued on the long-term effects of the pandemic in all spheres of life, be it social, economic, or psychological, to mention a few. Religious communities are offering prayers for the immeasurable devastation felt on countless levels. Some quarantine measures remain in place as the world cautiously braces itself for the possibility of a second wave of the pandemic. These quarantine measures continue to disrupt religious, educational, and social activities as well as work schedules.
In this issue of the Muslim Sunrise, we have attempted to cover diverse aspects of some previous major pandemics in world history. What is the Islamic response to such pandemics? What are some practical steps to be taken to remain safe and how to return to work carefully and mindfully in such a dangerous environment? What to do after recovering from such a disease? A few past pandemics and plagues have been discussed, such as the plague that hit the Muslim community in the era of Umar bin Khattab (ra), the second Successor of the Prophet of Islam (sa); the Great Plague of London (1665–66), and the 1897 Bubonic Plague in India.
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