America is at ‘war’ with the ‘unseen’ – Part I
The likeness of the lifetime of the current is because the rain which We ship down from the skies: by its mingling arises the produce of the earth- which gives meals for males and animals: (It grows) until the earth is clad with its golden ornaments and is decked out (in magnificence): the folks to whom it belongs assume they’ve all powers of disposal over it: There reaches it Our command by night time or by day, and We make it like a harvest clean-mown, as if it had not flourished solely the day earlier than! thus do We clarify the indicators intimately for many who replicate. َ Quran 12:24
America is at ‘war’ with the ‘unseeable’. The US is presently combating a ‘war’. This battle is not like different wars it has ever fought, and gallantly too. In its fashionable historical past, most wars the US has fought had been exterior America, exterior the homeland, far-off from its shores. Again, most of these wars fought by the US exterior its shores have all the time led to minimal variety of causalities for the US military compared to that of the enemy besides the World War I, World War II and the Korean War by which it recorded casualties starting from 320, 518; 1, 076, 245 and 128, 650 respectively. Since then every time the US ventured to lands past North America in furtherance of its overarching empire, its military all the time got here again with much less casualties. Such was the case in 1989 when it invaded Panama the place the full US casualties stood at 23. Such was the case in the course of the Gulf War between 1990-1991 when it recorded roughly 149 deaths in comparison with near 500,000 Iraqi deaths. Such has been the case in Afghanistan the place the US military has suffered round 2500 deaths compared to Afghan deaths totalling near 8000.
The focal point right here is that the US seems to have perfected the artwork of battle and war-making. It has regularly out-spend different nations of the world within the improvement of weapons of battle. It is the US ambition to be free to assault any nation on earth from wherever on earth; it’s its ambition to guard its homeland from assault, be it bodily or organic. It has all the time been the US ambition to be free to assault any nation from house and never develop into topic of assault from house. In line with the Quran, up until early this 12 months, the US had thought it “has all powers of disposal over” the world.
Indeed, it seems it does. The US boasts of unarguably the very best financial system on the earth in the present day. It is an financial system that’s laced with such weapon that it may damage different nations’ economies. Iran gives an instance. Indeed, the US boasts of it- of earthly luxuries that dare eschatological guarantees and provisions; of homes and dwellings that remind you of the encampments of the folks of Ad and Thamud; of gardens and boulevards that hack again to that by which lived folks of Madyan. But it isn’t solely the US that sees itself because the world. It is the entire West.
Yes. The West is the World; the world is the West. Until mid-January 2020.Until February, 2020. The US is now at battle. It is at battle not with an enemy it may battle bodily, however with an enemy it can not see. All of sudden, all of the state-of-the-art weaponry it possesses have develop into ineffective: the laser-guided bombers, the drones, the jet-fighters and so forth. All of sudden, the US now is aware of that it is just the enemy which you could see which you could bomb. There are brokers in our world that neither telescopes nor microscopes and acceptable. There are entities and creatures of the Almighty on this world of ours which can be past our comprehension.
But it isn’t solely the US that’s ‘war’. It is the entire West. Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and so forth are all at ‘war’. They are at ‘war’ with COVID-19. Unlike bacterias, viruses, gives no advantages to people. They are smaller than micro organism and so they connect themselves to a different dwelling cell and use that cells’ genetic materials to breed themselves. Most viruses trigger illness. What is most instructive for me is that viruses gesture to that ayat within the Quran the place the Almighty says- “…and none is aware of the forces of thy Lord, besides He and that is no aside from a warning to mankind (Quran 74: 31).
In different phrases, coronavirus is a signifier. It calls consideration to entities which can be higher than it. It jogs my memory of the inconsequential nature of our being in relation to the inimitable powers of the Almighty; that an strange fly, when empowered by the Almighty, could cause large-scale disruption to our cosmos.
Thus it got here to move that we’re all now at ‘war’ with an entity past our creativeness. Since January when the ‘war’ broke out, first in China earlier than it turned a worldwide pandemic, fixed studying and re-reading of the Quran maintain turning up explanations and views which can be extremely instructive of present international problem. In different phrases, hardly is there an ayat within the Quran by which COVID-19 has not gained point out relying on how deep your reflection is. In reality, the extra one explores views to the pandemic from the Quran, the extra one discovers uncanny knowledge and knowledge which furnish solemn and profound insights to the actual essence of our being as people and as human communities.
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Oladosu is a Professor of Middle Eastern, North African and Cultural Studies Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.