Aleppo may God protect us from this disaster is the land of toil The plague

Aleppo may god protect us from this disaster is the

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Aleppo – may God protect us from this disaster – is the land of toil. The plague became a serpent, and evil thing which kills her people with its spit. Oh, if you could see the nobles of Aleppo studying their inscrutable books of medicine. They multiply its remedies by eating dried and sour foods. The buboes which disturb men’s healthy lives are smeared with Armenian clay. Each man treated his humors and made life more comfortable. They perfumed their homes with ambergris and camphor, cyperus [sic] and sandal. They wore ruby rings and put onions, vinegar and sardines together with the daily meal . They ate less broth and fruit but ate the citron and similar things. If you see many biers and their carriers and hear in every quarter of Aleppo the announcements of death and cries, you run from them and refuse to stay with them. In Alleppo the profits of the undertakers have greatly increased. Oh God, do not profit them. Those who sweat from carrying the coffins enjoy this plague-time. Oh God, do not let them sweat and enjoy this. They are happy and play. When they are called by a customer, they do not even go immediately. . . . We ask God’s forgiveness for our souls’ bad inclination; the plague is surely part of His punishment. We take refuge from His wrath in His pleasure and from His chastisement in His restoring. They said: the air’s corruption kills. I said: the love of corruption kills. How many sins and how many offenses does the crier call our attention to. Among the things which exasperated the Muslims and brought suffering is that our enemy, the damned people of Sis, are pleased by our trial. They act as if they are safe from the plague – that there is a treaty so that it will not approach them or that they have triumphed over it. Our Lord does not create us as an enticement for those who disbelieve. This plague is for the Muslims a martyrdom and a reward, and for the disbelievers a punishment and a rebuke. When the Muslim endures misfortune, then patience is his worship. It has been established by the Prophet that the plague-stricken are martyrs. And this secret should be pleasing to the true believer. If someone says it causes infection and destruction, say: God creates and recreates. If the liar disputes the matter of infection and tries to find an explanation, I say that the Prophet said: who infected the
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first? If we acknowledge the plague’s devastation of the people, it is the will of the Chosen Doer. So it happened again and again. I take refuge in God from the yoke of the plague. Its high explosion has burst into all countries and was an examiner of astonishing things. Its sudden attacks perplex the people. The plague chases the screaming without pity and does not accept a treasure for ransom. Its engine is far reaching. The plague enters into the house and swears it will not leave except with all of its inhabitants. “I have an order from the qadi to arrest all those in the house.” Among the benefits of this order is the removal of one’s hopes and the improvement of his earthly works. It awakens men from their indifference for the
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