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On March 04, 2020, a group of clerics who are based in Idlib, Syria, released the9th issue of the Balagh monthly magazine, which includes an article describing Coronavirus as "one of Allah's soldiers" and "divine vengeance" against criminals. In the article, which was written by one Khaled Shaker, the author starts by saying that the Uyghur fighters in Syria always talk about the oppression of Muslims in East Turkestan at the hands of the Chinese authorities. The writer notes that despite being away from their people in East Turkestan, these fighters recite these stories as their hearts are filled with agony, but while keeping unshakable trust in Allah.
In his article, Shaker says: "They had never thought that one of the soldiers of Allah had been planning to attack Allah's enemy and their enemy, and was about to attack the Chinese communists, killing their loved ones, infecting their masses, and holding their nation hostage. Then, came a cold winter night when a helpless Turkestani individual prayed to Allah, pleading to him to bring victory and reinforcement. Allah's orders then came, and the Coronavirus rushed to kill the Chinese... Suddenly, China was paralyzed, and its system collapsed, and China became fixated on what it had been afflicted with."
After describing Coronavirus as "a major surprise which had shocked the oppressed and forgotten Muslims in the east" Shaker says: "it had been followed by another bizarre and astonishing surprise, that is that this Corona-soldier had leaped from central China to the heart of Iran, and then spread to the city of Qom, which is the center of knowledge and culture for the rejectionist Shi'ites in the world, leading Iran to become the second country after China in number of deaths as a result of the virus."
Shaker also mentions that the Coronavirus has spread from Iran to countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia through their Shi'ite citizens who had visited sacred Shi'ite shrines in Iran. "This," he says "was followed by banning Iran from accessing many international ports, which has weakened its influence in the region."
The writer goes on to describe Coronavirus as "divine vengeance" and further says: "One can read with humility 'Oh you who have believed, remember the favor of Allah upon you when armies came to [attack] you and We sent upon them a wind and armies [of angels] you did not see. And ever is Allah, of what you do, Seeing.' [Quran 33:9]."
Shaker concludes by saying that the "plague is one of Allah's soldiers that is similar to diseases, earthquakes, wildfires, and so on. If it afflicted tyrants, it is an earlier divine vengeance on them in life before the hereafter, and if it afflicted the believer then it is meant to elevate his status and forgiving his sins."
Source: Telegram.me/watazuado, March 4, 2020.