Which Kills More People: Islam or the Flu Virus?

Graphical Representations of a Generic Influenza Virus
Graphical Representations of a Generic Influenza Virus
Photo Credit: CDC

Every now and then a reader leaves a comment telling me that I'm silly worrying about terrorists when I'm a hundred times more likely to die from the flu than from a Muslim attack.

OK, let us discuss the flu. The CDC (1) estimates that flu-associated deaths for the past few decades ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people in the United States. While the 49,000 number may seem high, it is low compared to what it would be if we just stuck our heads in the ground and ignored the threat that the virus poses.

During the past 1400 years flu pandemics have killed tens of millions of people [Wiki]. Constant vigilance has lowered the death count due to influenza in modern times.

During the past 1400 years the adherents of Islam have killed hundreds of millions of people. Fortunately infidels were able to expel Muslims from Southern Europe in what is called the Reconquista (a period from 722 to 1492 A.D.) which spurred an unprecedented surge in exploration and discovery and lowered the death count among infidels at the hands of Muslims.

If we lower our guard regarding the danger of the flu, then millions and perhaps hundreds of millions will be affected.

If we lower our guard regarding the danger of Islam, then hundreds of millions and perhaps billions will be affected.

The tragedy for this century is that most people clearly see the efficacy of containing the flu virus but very few see the need to contain Islam. Which is the greater danger? The flu virus does not demand that we change our culture or that we live under dhimmitude, or that we be forced to adopt Shariah as the law of our land. The flu comes and goes. Those it does not kill, remain free human beings, to live as they lived before.

Islam however does demand change among all those it infects.

The Indian subcontinent was once a single Hindu country, now it's been divided into three countries, two of which are almost entirely Muslim (2).

Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey were once filled mostly with Christians. Now it's filled mostly with Muslims (3).

The Peninsula of the Arabs (now Saudi Arabia) was once filled with Christian, Jewish and Pagan Arabs. By the last command of the Prophet (Let there not be two religions in the land of the Arabs (4)) not a single infidel remains.

To answer the question, "Which Kills More People: Islam or the Flu Virus?" Historically Islam has killed more people. One day, we will make the flu virus extinct just we made the smallpox virus extinct in the wild. One can only hope we will one day do likewise with Islam.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States

CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Death certificate data and weekly influenza virus surveillance information was used to estimate how many flu-related deaths occurred among people whose underlying cause of death was listed as respiratory or circulatory disease on their death certificate.


Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Muslim Population by Country

  • India 14.6% Muslim
  • Pakistan 96.4% Muslim
  • Bangladesh 90.4% Muslim


Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Muslim Population by Country

  • Iraq 98.9% Muslim
  • Lebanon 59.7% Muslim
  • Syria 92.8% Muslim
  • Turkey 98.6


Malik's Muwatta, Book 45, Number 45.5.17 - Page 634 [PDF]

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ismail ibn Abi Hakim that he heard Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz say, "One of the last things that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said was, 'May Allah fight the jews and the christians. They took the graves of their Prophets as places of prostration . Two deens shall not co-exist in the land of the Arabs.' "

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