These are difficult times to be in, even if you’re an imam.
Iraqi Islamic scholar Hadi Al-Modarresi, who had called Coronavirus a “divine punishment against China”, has himself been infected by the virus, MEMRI has reported.
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
“It is obvious that the spread of this virus is an act of Allah…the spread of coronavirus began in China…the authorities in that country are tyrannical and they laid siege to more than a million Muslims. The journalists of that country began to mock the niqab of Muslim women and they forced Muslim men to eat pork and drink wine,” Al-Modarresi had said in a video.
“The same niqab that they mocked has been forced upon them by Allah by the means of state authorities and officials”, he added. “Allah sent a disease upon them and it laid siege to 40 million Chinese…Islam forbids eating insects but Chinese mocked it, and there you have it, this disease spread from the world of animals – be it bats, ants or snakes, the result is the same.”
But Al-Modarresi has now been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, his office confirmed earlier this week. He is currently being treated under quarantine and is recovering, his office and family members said. “My uncle, may God protect him, is being treated and his health is consistently progressing,” his nephew Mohsen Almodaressi said.