AIDS is a fatal disease that weakens the resistance of the body and makes it defenseless against all kinds of infections such as pneumonia, diarrhoeas, Kaposi's Sarcoma, etc.
So escapism or running away from the facts will not help in finding a solution.... rather it is time that we reflect upon the following warning given by the Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam)
"Whenever sexual permissiveness spreads among the people until it becomes declared, infections and killing diseases, as well as illnesses not previously found in their ancestors will spread among them" Sunan Ibn Majah
Sex is a naturals inborn, biological urge that must find expression. Allah put it there to ensure propagation of mankind; as clearly seen from the following verse in the Qur'aan:
"Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth (have sexual relations with you wives), when or how you will, (and ask Allah to bestow upon you pious offspring." The Noble Qur'aan 2 : 223
And the Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) advised the young generation, saying:
"O Young People! Whoever among you can marry, should marry, because it helps you to lower your gaze and guard your modesty (i.e. keeps you away from adultery), and whoever is not able to marry, should fast, as fasting is a means of suppressing sexual desire." Saheeh al-Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim
Note: The above two sayings of the Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) [highlighted in Blue] give by their wisdom, both the cause of the AIDS problem as well as its cure.
Sex outside of marital bonds is termed as "Zina" (fornication / adultery) and Allah says in the Qur'aan : "And come not near to Zina (fornication). Verily, it is a Fahisha (i.e. a great sin) and an evil way." [The Noble Qur'aan 17 : 32]
The ill effects of Zina (fornication) can clearly be seen in the Western countries where indiscriminate sexual activity seems to be the rule rather than the exception. The direct consequences of which being a high rate of divorce, the alarming increase of 'single mothers' and the breakdown of the family, as the most basic unit of the society.
It is therefore not difficult to realize the divine wisdom behind the strict punishments for Zina (fornication / adultery) in Islaam, as Allah says: "Verily, those who like the crime of Zina (fornication) should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not." [The Noble Qur'aan 24:193]
In the process of "so-called modernization", we have moved further and further from the teachings of Islam. We think we can get away with anything and have ignored the admonition:
"Verily, the punishment of your Lord is severe." [The Noble Qur'aan 85:12]
Such was also the case of the people of the time of Prophet Lut, "And Remember Lut, when he said to his people - Do you commit the worst sin such as none preceding you have committed among the mankind and jinn ? Verily, you satisfy your lusts on men instead of women ! Nay but you are a people transgressing beyond bounds (by committing great sins)." [The Noble Qur'aan 7 :80-81]
This is because Homosexuality is against nature (Fitrah), against common sense, against anatomy, against physiology, against logic, against aesthetics; and yet we find the Western media portray homosexuality as "Freedom of Choice" as if it is an acceptable form of social behavior.
Muslims Beware! Do not let such an attitude develop in your society.
As for those homosexual men from among the nation of Prophet Lut - the Qur'aan says:
"Verily, they were a people given to evil and were the Fasiqun (disobedient).
The Noble Qur'aan 21:74
and their punishment was ....
"And we (Allaah) rained down on them a rain (of stones). And see what was the end of the Mujrimun (sinners)."
The Noble Qur'aan 7 : 84
All substances which cause damage to a person's health or those that cause intoxication are totally forbidden (Haraam) to be used by Muslims. As the following authentic Hadeeth clearly state:
Every intoxicant is Khamr and every intoxicant is Haraam (forbidden) Saheeh Muslim
There are two things that many people waste: health and free time. Saheeh al-Bukhari
Besides what drives people to begin using drugs? Escapism, the inability to cope with life or a lack of emotional support. The only solution can be the strengthening of family ties and the remembrance of Allah, for it is "in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find tranquillity." The Noble Qur'aan 13:28
Parents! Teachers! Social Workers! Concerned Citizens!
Remember ! it is now up to you to stop this degradation of social values. Islamic morals and manners have to be revived. Prostitution, Pornographic literature/films and all other forms of immorality must be done away with completely.
The real danger is mainly to adolescents and teenagers in high-school, college or university; who while away from homes experiment with sex ... unaware of the dangers. Then the only thing that will protect them from AIDS is their faith in Allah and a firm belief that all forms of illegal sexual expression (outside marital bonds)are totally forbidden to the believing Muslims.
Those Muslims in the AIDS awareness program should remember that during the annual 'December' celebration of the 'World AIDS Day", when the slogan is "SAFE SEX" (i.e. the compulsory use of the condom); your slogan should be "NO SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE"
Research on AIDS, while promoting the use of condoms, unanimously agrees that the only sure way to avoid exposure to HIV is ........
1. to abstain from sexual intercourse entirely
2. to have a mutually faithful relationship with an uninfected person.
[AIDS -Humanity's Gravest Challenge by Dr. Pushpa Khurana, (1989) p.77]
Amazing to see that modern research is but an echo of the advice given by our Prophet Muhammed,1400 years ago.
Therefore let us learn from the pain and devastation of AIDS the lesson that the Hudood (limitations) set up by Allah, the Almighty must be followed strictly and let us also use the following Hadeeth in our fight against AIDS
"Fear Allaah wherever you may be"
Sunan at-Tirmidhi and Musnad Ahmed bin Hambal
In the year 1978, The World Health Organisation passed a resolution at Alma Ata, "Health for all by 2000 CE". Efforts begin in the elimination of small pox and successful control is gained over other contagious diseases and viral infections, brightening the hope of achieving the goal. In 1981 all the hopes are shattered by the discovery of a new disease called AIDS. By December 1995 the total number of AIDS cases world-wide reached 6.8 million and there seems to be no hope of finding a cure before 2000 CE. AIDS is currently the world's most frightening killer disease. The Noble Laureate Dr. Hoshua Lederberg, President of Rockefeller University, said that AIDS would become the world's third-leading killer disease that would kill 10 percent of the world's population over the next 20 years. [Arab News, Jan 29,1990].
In India the worst affected states are Maharashtra (1286 cases), Tamil Nadu (492), Manipur (104), Punjab (100), Delhi (100), Pondicherry (100), Kerala (96), MP (65), UP (56), Karnataka (51), Bengal (44) and Gujarat (25). Overall India has about 2574 registered cases, that means that every one in two patients are from Maharashtra and Bombay, the pride of Maharashtra has 962 patients.