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  • Hadith On Non-existence Of Contagious Diseases

    Umer updated 3 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
  • Faisal Haroon

    Moderator April 26, 2021 at 10:07 am

    There’s is no such narration in my knowledge. Even if there was one, it would not amount to anything because God’s prophets don’t make claims counter to reason. Besides the purpose of God’s prophets is to warn us about the day of judgement – not about diseases.

  • Umer

    Moderator April 26, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Question:

    Has anything been reported from the Holy Prophet (sws) regarding contagious diseases? I have come to know that the Holy Prophet (sws) said that a person living in an infected area should not leave it. A person dying of contagious disease enjoys the death of a martyr. What do you say about the soundness of this narrative? Please explain with the help of other narratives.

    Answer:

    By Talib Mohsin

    The narrative you have cited above relates to plague. It has been reported in different ḥadith books. I will copy the text of the narrative from Sahih of Bukhari.

    Sad (rta) narrates that the Holy Prophet (sws) said: “you should not go to an area where plague has broken out. And if you are in such an area, you must not leave it.” (No: 5396)

    This narrative has been recorded in Sahih of Muslim as well. We can say that it is a sound narrative. There are some other narratives related from the Holy Prophet (sws) in many Ḥadith books in this regard. A couple of them are being reproduced hereunder:

    Abu Hurayrah (rta) narrates that the Holy Prophet (sws) said: “There is no contagious disease, nor there is any bad luck. The soul of a murdered does not become a thirsty bird. There is no animal that causes hunger. Run from a leprous like you do at the sight of a lion.” (No: 5380)

    Imam Muslim has mentioned a question on the first part of this narrative with the response of the Holy Prophet (sws).

    (After hearing him) a Bedouin asked: What is your opinion about the camels that are hale and healthy like deer in a desert then an itchy camel comes and makes all the camels ill from itching. The Holy Prophet (sws) said: who made the first suffer from itching?”(No:2220)

    It seems that the Holy Prophet (sws) wanted to clarify that every infectious disease takes place in accordance with Allah’s will.

    (Translated by: Abid Mahmood Hashmi)

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