A new SARS-like virus is as mysterious as Allah. The virus is definitely a holy virus, as it appeared in Saudi Arabia, Allah’s own land, the holy land. Allah made His messenger born in the holy land. He also advised everyone to recite the Quran, His own holy book in nothing but Arabic, the holy language.
The scientists now are saying that the virus in the holy land has come from holy bats, holy camels and holy goats.
SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome first appeared in China in November 2002. It jumped from horseshoe bats to civet cats to humans, ended up spreading to 30 countries, infected 8,098 people and killed 774 people. Then the virus did a cool thing in 2003, almost disappeared.
Not exactly SARS, but a SARS-like virus is now attacking people in Saudi Arabia. The country has taken precautions to prevent spread of the disease to more than two million Muslims who are going to travel to Mecca for Hajj pilgrimage. Will Allah save his worshippers from the deadly virus! I asked. A friend of mine said, ‘No, He would not do that.’
I said, ‘What made you think that He wouldn’t do that?’
The friend smiled and said, ‘If He were able to do that, He would have saved hundreds of pilgrims who died in stampede every year.’
The latest news: the new virus is not that holy. The WHO says, ‘the virus can not be easily transmitted from person to person’.