There is a saying of the Prophet which goes like this.

The heavens and the oceans and the earth complained to their Creator of mankind’s wickedness and corruption. “Let me fall upon them and crush them,” pleaded the heavens. “Let me engulf them and drown them,” cried the oceans. And the earth begged for permission to swallow them.

But the Lord of the Worlds replied, “If you had created them, you would have mercy on them.”

The Almighty has nuanced ways of educating us. Things don’t just happen in this world without purpose, in some kind of crazy, accidental way. There is a cycle of cause and effect.

Everything happens according to certain laws, such as the law of karma, which teaches us that the actions and intentions we put out into the world come back to us. In the words of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, “As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.”

Our mistreatment of the environment and animals paved the way for Covid-19.

The destruction of wild habitat for farming, logging and development has resulted in what many scientists consider the Sixth Great Extinction. About half the Earth’s animals are thought to have been lost in the last 50 years. Species across land, rive


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