I remember the first time I heard the word “pandemic”. When I was in high school, my biology teacher told us that we were overdue for a pandemic. He explained that throughout human history, large-scale diseases come and go in cycles. The last one was the Spanish Flu, and that was almost one hundred years ago. Since then, I lived through the SARS and Swine Flu (H1N1) scares, both of which came and went with little impact on my comfortable personal life in Alberta, Canada.
And here we are.
Every day there is new information about the coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Its spread has been incredibly fast. Of course it worries me. From toilet paper shortages, to self-quarantining, to overzealous YouTube preppers spreading doomsday warnings, and airlines shutting down travel, this virus has impacted almost every aspect of my personal life. But in times like this, I find comfort in my faith. Continue reading “COVID-19, Pandemics and Islam”