On March 1, 2020, the Media Center of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) published a video with English subtitles that was titled "The Perspective of the Mujahideen Regarding the Corona Outbreak in China." Against the backdrop of videos of sick people in China, of natural disasters, and of Chinese people eating and preparing various animals for consumption, the narrator said that the COVID-19 outbreak is divine punishment for the way the Chinese have been treating the Uyghur Muslims, and a result of the consumption of meats that are prohibited by the Quran. He said that Chinese people are the most impure of all people because they eat every impurity and do not show mercy to humans or animals.
Narrator: "It is a deadly outbreak. The Chinese people sleeplessness and in enduring fear. Until today, they have not found a cure for this illness, it is the coronavirus."
On-screen text: "Say: 'Who is it that delivereth you from the dark recesses of land and sea, when ye call upon Him in humility and silent terror: 'If He only delivers us from these (dangers), (we vow) we shall truly show our gratitude'?"
Narrator: "All affairs are in the hands of Allah the most exalted, and He is able to punish those that go against His command, at any time He wills, however He wills, and we noticed in these days many calamities and hardships in many parts of the world, especially in the Chinese city of Wuhan in which the Coronavirus appeared. This small virus transformed the commercial, very populous city of Wuhan, in which 11 million people reside, in to a ghost city. The hospitals are filled with those that were infected. An issue which forced the Chinese regime to build a number of new hospitals, and all entrances and exits to the city were closed off, as to quarantine this disease and stop its spreading. Despite all of these precautionary preventative procedures except that the coronavirus spread very quickly throughout most of China, and its news was published in the newspapers, the magazines and the social media websites.
"According to the Chinese news outlets, the number of those infected by the coronavirus reached 70,000 infected, and the number of deaths reached more than 2,000 deaths. The news that was spread by the doctors that were inside Wuhan however reported that the numbers are many times more than reported in the news, and the source of the coronavirus was from a Marine animal merchant in the city of Wuhan. In this market many different kinds of birds and land animals are traded, and many different kinds of meat which have been prohibited in the Qur'an.
"These people are the most impure and dirty among the peoples of the world, for they eat every impurity and filth, and they do not show mercy to either human or animal."
"The news agencies are conflicted with the news and there are many different opinions about the Coronavirus which recently spread in China. There are those that say it is a Chinese conspiracy to realize certain political goals and there are those that say it is a punishment for them from Allah for what they did and do against the Uyghur Muslims of oppression and persecution, this is what we, the Mujahidin, believe."
On-screen text: "Remember how the Unbelievers plotted against thee, to keep thee in bonds, or slay thee, or get thee out (of thy home). They plot and plan, and Allah too plans; but the best of planners is Allah."
Narrator: "The atheist communist nation of China has occupied Eastern Turkistan since a time, and exercised against the Muslims the worst kinds of oppression, tyranny, and torture, and they ignored that these Muslims have a lord whom is able to avenge them at any time He wishes, and today we witness the punishment of Allah with this virus. Allah the Exalted, the owner of Sovereignty, and He is the supporter of the weak, and thus we ask Him the Exalted, to make this outbreak a reason for the destruction of the atheist Chinese, and to preserve all Muslims around the globe, especially our people in Eastern Turkistan."
Man: "In the name of Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, and upon his companions and family, to proceed: Oh honorable brothers, do not think that Allah the Most Exalted will leave the oppressors alone, rather He gives them respite and progressively lead them towards destruction in this world and the next, and all of us have witnessed what recently happened in China, this atheist nation, whose president recently boasted saying that (nobody can stand in the face of his country and its superior development).
"His situation is like all other tyrants, sin takes hold of them, and the response from Allah the Powerful and Exalted in Might was ever so quick. He that empowered this minute creature upon this nation, a creation that cannot be seen by the naked eye, and terrorized through it the Chinese people in its entirety, and denied them the sweetness of life and security, it kept them awake and turned their lives upside down. Allah the Almighty said: 'And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror].
"Likewise the Messenger, peace be upon him, said: 'Verily, Allah gives respite to the oppressor. But when He seizes him, he does not let him escape.' Then he peace be upon him recited: 'Such is the seizure of your Lord when He seizes the (population of) towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His seizure is painful (and) severe.'
"In every period in time, a tyrant appears and they behave arrogantly, they oppress and transgress spreading corruption in the world. Then the Sunnah of Allah, which does not favor anyone, removing this tyrant and his followers, and throughout history we have many examples of tyrants like the Pharaoh and others.
"The Pharaoh that had enslaved the men from the Children of Israel, and keep their females alive and killing their newborns because he saw a dream which the magicians interpreted that the removal of his kingdom would be through the hands of a boy from the children of Israel, but by the decree of Allah the Almighty this boy was raised inside Pharaohs' palace and under his care. Pharaoh that transgressed and became arrogant and said (I am your most exalted lord) and likewise said that the kingdom of Egypt and its rivers ran below him and thus Allah drowned him in these rivers.
"Likewise, Nimrod the son of Canaan whom was a disbelieving atheist king, during the time of Abraham peace be upon him, forcing the people upon disbelieving in Allah. He used to be rich and used to feed the people as to subject them and to make them worship him, he had a great army. Allah gave him this kingdom and thus this king became arrogant and tyrannous, and he argued with Abraham about his Lord so the disbeliever was overwhelmed [by astonishment]. And his heart filled with Anger. He ordered a great fire to be lit and threw Abraham in it, thus Allah ordered the fire to be cool and peaceful for him, and Allah saved his Messenger by His ability, and Allah empowered upon Nimrod one of His smallest soldiers, the mosquito, which entered through his nose inside his head and it stayed inside until it killed him. This is the situation of the tyrants with the passing of time.
"Today history repeats itself and a new tyrant appears, China. These atheist Chinese that made apparent their enmity towards Allah and His Messenger and the believers, destroyed the mosques and changed them to places of dancing, vices and insolence, they trampled upon the Qur'an and burned them, they transgressed upon the honor and raped the women, and made permissible the impermissible. They killed the scholars and the preachers that teach the people their religion, and tortured our Muslim Uyghur brothers the worst kinds of torture, oppression, and subjugation. They separated the sons from their fathers, they did not have mercy upon the young and did not respect the elders, not a single woman was safe from their tyranny, tyranny and their torture, they removed the headcoverings from the pure Muslim women, and their prisons were filled with Muslims under the false name of (re-education camps) thinking that they will be able to hide the reality from the world and from the Muslims outside China.
"But the entire world, especially the Muslims, know that these centers are prisons in which the Muslims are forced to become atheist communists. Thus the revenge from Allah for His servants came against these criminals, and He sent upon them the deadly Coronavirus and thus became isolated from the world, as if they are imprisoned. The movement of airplanes from and towards China has stopped and not a nation on earth wishes to welcome them fearing this deadly outbreak. Even so that the Chinese government published a statement that forbids anyone from leaving their house without a medical mask under pain of imprisonment, glory be to you oh Allah the Just!
"This is their reward rom Allah for them for removing the khimar from our Muslim sisters, and thus Allah forced them to wear the khimar [covering] both men and women. Like this the entire world knows that what happened in China recently is merely a part of the punishment of Allah for them, a part of which was wrought with their own hands in their oppression of the oppressed Muslims in East Turkistan. The punishment in this world is nothing alike to the punishment in the hereafter when their eyes stare in horror. This outbreak is nothing but a warning for the Chinese government, so that they may repent from their actions and to stop their oppression and tyranny against the Muslims, if they do not refrain then the punishment from Allah on the Day of Judgment is deserved, and the punishment of Allah is severe.
"This virus is likewise a message from Allah Almighty to the Arab and the non-Arab tyrants, reflect upon what happens to China, and that Allah is able to destroy them and remove their kingdoms with the word 'be.' This small virus was a reason for cooling the chests of the oppressed Uyghur people, those that weren't able to defend themselves from the hostility of the oppressors and criminals, and thus the assistance came from the Almighty, the Compeller. We ask Allah the Exalted to destroy the oppressors with this virus and to save the Muslims from their oppression and hostility by His causes. He is able to do it, and Glory be to Allah, Lord of the worlds."