Question: 

Is it permissible to
say the phrase "The flu is in the air"

Or

"The cold front is coming from Drakensberg"? 
 
Answer: 

1. The phrase ‘flu in the air’ in the understanding of the common masses refers to many people having contracted the flu and that others (who haven’t yet contracted the flu) could possibly contract the flu (i.e. IF Allah Taáala so decrees). This phrase would then merely mean that there is a prevalence of flu amongst the people. However, one’s Aqeedah/belief must remain correct; the reality of which is that illness is from Allah alone; hence Allah Ta’aala has decreed for so many people to contract the flu at a given time. In short, as long as the latter meaning is taken and not that some other phenomena is directly responsible for the flu, it would be fine to use this expression and it will not affect one’s Aqeedah and tenets of faith.

 
2. There is also no harm in stating that the cold front is coming from Drakensberg, in the sense that Allah Ta’aala is sending the cold from that area. The actual Creator of cold is Allah alone but the snowfall on the Drankensberg mountains is the apparent sabab/means which Allah Taáala has put into place for cold spreading throughout various parts of the country.
 
In conclusion, both these statements are acceptable, as long as one takes it to mean what has been explained above.
 
AND ALLAH TA’ALA ALONE IN HIS INFINITE KNOWLEDGE KNOWS BEST
ANSWERED BY: Mufti Mohammed Desai 
CHECKED AND APPROVED BY: Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B
Date: 07 Safar 1440 English Date: 17 October 2018

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