In memory of “Abu Awwad” and Corona virus

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In memory of “Abu Awwad” and Corona virus

By Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader

A few days ago marked the first anniversary of the passing away of actor Nabil Mashini. We still revert to his episodes which reflect social lessons relevant to life and family.

A few days ago, I recalled one of the episodes of “Abu Awwad” which states that “a strange body” would fall on Earth causing full-scale damage similar to the prophecies relevant to the end of the world. How did the people react to this fearful situation? Some people went to their neighbors to pay back old debts, and people throughout the quarter reconciled differences with repentance prevailing everywhere. “But a day comes” with the people get ready to watch the great event. In the end, it is found out that the “strange body” is nonexistent and that it was a story made up by people including Najah (actress Abir Issa) the daughter of Abu Awwad who later resorted to calling on people to reconcile their differences and love one another at all times not merely at times of distress.

This episode impinged my mind at a time when the entire world has become one quarter, and has become overwhelmed with following the news bulletins as well as local and international data on the Corona virus. It is undoubtedly a pandemic. May God heal all the sick and have mercy on all those who have passed away. May God inspire patience, prayer and supplication for the healing of the sick and for eliminating the disease.

In light of the unremitting offensive posed by the disease in every nook and corner of the world, the extended human family is called upon to demonstrate further unity and solidarity.

In the same way, as this extended family is united in the face of the mysterious disease, it is also called upon to be united with hope that the corona turmoil would elapse, God willing, and that people would restore normalcy after fear forced people to say at home, close schools and churches, as well as abstain from travelling and going to gatherings.

There are three words that summarize means to counter the virus:

The Roman Curia Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life called on people to counter the global health emergency with seriousness, courage and calm.

Seriousness is needed because the issue is related to human life and it is no laugh where there is no room for spreading rumors, as well as for instilling panic and insecurity amongst people.

As for courage, the doctors, nurses, and health workers are more likely than any others to be infected, yet they carry out their professional and humanitarian duties with nonpareil heroism and courage.

As for calm, it means a lot. It implies that people feel reassured, relying on the Almighty God so that fear would not sneak into children and low-spirited people. Calm, in this case, implies, faith and piety, as well as increasing prayer and supplication for the recovery of the sick, for seeking mercy to those who passed away, and for pleading inspiration to researchers at laboratories who try to shortly find the needed panacea.

“O Abu Awwad, listen to us, comprehend our case as we need a solution, what do you think?”

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