Islam is more dangerously misrepresented by its ignorant adherents than by its foes. The all-embracing nature of Islam accords it with the necessary relevance to keep pace with the dynamics of the modern world.
 Unlike the shallow, retrogressive perspective, people like Yari want us to view Islam from, Islam enjoins infection control measure which includes isolation and quarantine and any other medical means.  Prophet Muhammad (SAW) instituted strategies that are today implemented by public health authorities.  
Alas! Governor Yari who didn’t offer any proactive measure to curtail the spread of CSM amazingly shifts blame by taking cover behind spiritual cause to lambaste the poor masses of committing sins. 
Islam recognizes the role of man as sabab (cause) and Tawakkul (reliance on Allah) in effecting the turns of occurrences by Allah’s will. In view of this, the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah reported by Anas ibn Malik says:
 “A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah. ”

Source: Sunan al- Tirmidhi 2517
Now, here comes a shepherd of men leaving them in the jungle to be devoured by cannibals and when many in the flock had already been consumed by the voracious predator, he blames them for not keeping to the track. Do we call such a man a true shepherd? 
The Prophet (SAW) indeed took precautionary measures knowing fully that people could be divinely tested on account of their sins. He commanded his followers not to travel to places known to be afflicted with illness and he advised those in the contaminated areas or communities not to leave and spread the disease further afield.  He said: 
“If you hear that there is a plague (epidemics/pandemics) in a land, do not enter it; and if it (epidemics/pandemics) visits a land while you are therein, do not go out of it” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim ). He also counseled ill people not to visit healthy people (Saheeh Muslim ). 
This is called sensitization which Yari didn’t do neither has he taken any measure of mass inoculations despite all warnings. He now comes to slanderously heap blame on the people he leads with the pretext that their sins are responsible for the CSM outbreak.

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