My concern is with this statement of yours: "I believe my actions are inline with what I have come to accept from the proofs brought about from both sides, and it is not in rejection of observable correlation (of pathogens and the like), but its in acknowledgement of them but disassociating them as a "direct cause of death or disease." What do you mean by "direct cause" of death or disease? Allah is the creator of Life and death. Causes and effects are mere correlation according to muslims. So fire is a correlating factor of burning and heat whereas Allah created the fire and heat. Keeping the context mentioned above in mind: 1)Poison is not the true reason why a person dies just like pathogens are not the reason why a person becomes infected and dies. 2)Likewise knife is not the reason why a person dies. *)Poison does not create death. *Knife doesnot create death. *Likewise pathogens donot create death or disease. 1)If a person kills a brother with a knife or a poison. Is he accountible according to you? If your answer is Yes. 2) What makes you think that you will not be held responsible for not practising ihtiat after coming to know that "contact" with infected individuals is indeed discovered to be a correlating factor in such a disease just like cyanide and knife is a correlating factor of death or harm? What if after killing, the murderer gives the reason "knife or cynaide is NOT the true reason why a person dies". Does saying that evade personal responsibility? Of course not. This issue is extremely straight forward. I have no idea why people are getting confused about it. To be honest a muslim would avoid putting a hand in fire despite knowing Allah is the creator of heat and burning. Yet when it comes to a certain disease, some of the muslims become totally irresponsible, giving excuse of predestination for their own personal lapses. One would not put ones hand in fire saying it was predestined and that he is not at fault. He would indeed hold himself responsible. But when it comes to a disease, they would go against all the observed precautionary correlating factors saying its not their fault but it was in their fate. It is true that it was in their fate but you cannot evade your personal responsibility.