There’s a reason it’s never smart to claim bad things happen to someone else because ‘they deserve it’…
It’s a risky game to claim that God is smiting the heathen when a contagion sweeps through a foreign country. Because in today’s hyper-connected world, contagions can travel faster than you might think.
For all this Iranian Imam’s finger-pointing at China as the object of divine wrath, it is beyond ironic that one of the early hotspots for Wuhan CoronaVirus is — Iran. Even Iran’s Parliament was hit with casualties.
Now the Imam himself has contracted it.
Before we look at the implications, here is what he said.
Iraqi Islamic Scholar Hadi Al-Modarresi, Prior to Being Infected with Coronavirus: The Virus Is a Divine Punishment against the Chinese pic.twitter.com/7NiQki6qBy
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) March 9, 2020
Text of his denunciation of China:
Back in February, Hadi Al-Modarresi, who is based in Iran, said that the coronavirus outbreak was “undoubtedly an act of Allah that is divine punishment against the Chinese for their treatment, mockery, and disrespect towards Muslims and Islam,” reported MEMRI-TV.
“It is obvious that the spread of this virus is an act of Allah. How do we know this? The spread of the coronavirus began in China, an ancient and vast country, the population of which makes up one seventh of humanity,” said Al-Modarresi.
“More than a billion people live in that country. The authorities in that country are tyrannical and they laid siege to more than a million Muslims and placed them under house arrest. The journalists in that country began to mock the niqab of Muslim women and they forced Muslim men to eat pork and drink wine. Allah sent a disease upon them and this disease laid siege to 40 million [Chinese people]. The same niqab that they mocked has been forced upon them, both men and women, by Allah, by means of the state authorities and officials,” he added. — Summit News
We don’t even fundamentally disagree with the accusations he has made against China’s wrongdoing. We just think he’s blind to how similar his nation and the one whose downfall he was cheering really are.
China is a tyrannical regime, much like Iran’s, suppressing anyone who dares deviate from the sanctioned ideology of the State. The key difference between the two nations is which one enforced fealty is demanded of — Religious Islam or Secular Communism?
By the Imam’s own standards, we must assume that the only theologically consistent way to interpret his contracting the same illness that China was ‘judged’ with is that this Imam himself is likewise deserving of divine judgment.
According to his philosophy, the list of his sins must be long indeed.