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Muslims and The Coronavirus;

Understanding Trails and Tribulation’s in The Atmosphere of Covid 19

Abu Muhammad Dawood Abdullaah Flaming St. Fleur

 

Abstract

 

This paper explores the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic virus which both Muslims and none-Muslims have been afflicted with worldwide. Many precautions are taken, which is good ranging from washing hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub; when coughing or sneezing covering both nose and mouth with a throwaway tissue or flexed elbow, avoiding touching the face; eyes; nose; mouth, staying home if possible, self-quarantining, maintain social distancing, seeking medical care early if suffering fever, difficulty breathing etc. Such protective measures are great practices to protect yourself and others from getting sick. However, in this time of the coronavirus pandemic there are things which we have as Muslims, which non-Muslims do not. As a Muslim in today’s calamity There is a certain mind state we must uphold and come to realization as believers among such severe times. In the midst of taking physical precautions for our safety, we must also take measures to protect our soul, our heart and our faith (Imaan) in such times. In this paper as a reminder, we will examine the Muslim belief’s (aqeedah) and it’s understanding in the time of tribulation and trails whether individually or collectively. From the correct understanding of being in a time of calamity we will also examine its application from the Qur’an and Sunnah (The authentic prophetic traditions).

 

 

Muslims and The Coronavirus:

Understanding Trails and Tribulation’s in The Atmosphere of Covid 19

            In late December 2019 the novel Coronavirus originated from Wuhan, China and now is a global pandemic. Approximately more than 600,000 people around the world is ill from the virus and more than 30,000 among them have died from the disease. By the end of January 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the coronavirus a global public-health emergency. From its originated location in Wuhan, China the virus has spread to approximately 175 countries in the world by March of 2020. WHO then declared the outbreak a pandemic the same month. From Italy’s 92 thousand cases, or China’s 81 thousand cases to United States toppling at 123 thousand cases, with no confirmed cure, people around the world are in despair. Rich, poor, black, white, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindi, Buddhist, atheist, short, tall, slim, obese, all of mankind have been affected by Covid-19 one way or another. With such high alarming numbers of cases reported worldwide and in toppling numbers in various countries, taking precautions are essential for our safety and others.  Precaution measures are taken from washing the hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water to avoiding touching the face, nose, eyes, mouth, as once infected, hands can transfer the virus to your body. Further practices such as maintaining social distancing, self-quarantining if necessary, staying home if possible any symptom’s such as fever, coughing and/ or difficulty breathing appears. However, with such calamity, there is things we have as Muslims, which non-Muslims do not have. As Muslims it is essential to understand our faith correctly in order to deal with such catastrophe at hand. As Muslims our belief’s (aqeedah) and conviction entails us to uphold an explicit mind-state and comprehension in such a time of trail and tribulations such as the pandemic virus Covid-19. Along side practicing physical precautions which are good, we must also uphold measures to guard our soul, our heart and faith (Imaan). This paper will examine the correct Muslim understanding of trails and tribulations and its influence upon the lives of Muslims.

Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ‎ has bestowed upon us, mankind, countless of favor’s and from the biggest of favor’s is the blessing of Islam.  The blessing of the religion (Al-Islam) being complete and imposing us to believe with complete monotheism and guiding us to the correct faith.  Such blessing entails knowing Him سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ‎ upholding His greatness and His oneness. A blessing which facilitate complete guidance and mercy, by following His Messengers and the books of revelation revealed explaining the path which He (Ar-Rahman), the almighty is pleased with. Verily in Islam, in it, is that which is a solution to the problem’s which cure all illnesses. No matter the time, place or circumstances we as Muslims will find that which serves as a guidance in the book of Allah and the Sunnah (prophetic tradition) of our beloved Messenger Muhammad صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎.

It comes from the Sahih of Imam Bukhari, Aisha, رضي الله عنها narrated about the At-Taoon (plague) after asking the Messenger of Allah صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎‎ about the matter.

(the wife of the Prophet) that she asked Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) about plague, and Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) informed her saying, “Plague was a punishment which Allah used to send on whom He wished, but Allah made it a blessing for the believers. None (among the believers) remains patient in a land in which plague has broken out and considers that nothing will befall him except what Allah has ordained for him, but that Allah will grant him a reward similar to that of a martyr.” (Bukhari, 5734)

Also, in the Sahih of Imam Bukhari comes that which is narrated by Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه about the At-Taoon (Plague).

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He (a Muslim) who dies of an abdominal disease is a martyr, and he who dies of plague is a martyr.” (Bukhari, 5733)

 

With the above narrations in mind and analyzing the time we are in, being inflicted with such pandemic virus known as Covid-19 it is compulsory to examine the current circumstances in the light of the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah. Such analyzing is to serve as a reminder for us Muslims and to explore that which the Muslim have and unfortunately non-Muslims do not have. In the light of the book of Allah and the Sunnah as Muslims we should be cognizant that Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ‎ have created us, mankind, to test us. He عزّ وجلّ‎ tests us with the good and with the bad and from the bad is sicknesses and diseases. In surat l-Insaan Allah   سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ‎says (translation of the meaning) “Indeed, We created man from a sperm-drop mixture that We may try him…” (76:2, Sahih International) Similar from surah Al-Anbiya Allah عزّ وجلّ‎ mentions (translation of the meaning of the ayah) “Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.” (21;35, Sahih International) Our Noble Shaykh Abu حفظه الله affirmed such verses mentioning mankind returning to their Lord is confirming we as mankind will be held accountable and will be questioned about this test in general.

From the tests is that which consist of evil, hardship, sickness, trials and tribulations which is a test of one’s sabr (patients, perseverance). Another test is the test of the good, good wealth, good health, family, possessions etc. such test is that of gratitude. The believer is to be mindful his/ her entire life is a test and is all from Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى with certainty. However, for this paper we want to examine the test of difficulty, hardships, fear, plagues, sicknesses, trials and tribulations in relation to today’s time were we are faced with such a virus, known as the Covid-19. As Muslims such test should not consists of the believer asking why? As Allah is Al-Hakeem, He تَعَالَى is all wise, full of wisdom beyond our comprehension. Allah تَعَالَى says in His Book (in meaning) “He is not questioned about what He does, but they will be questioned” (21;23, Sahih International) Along with this comprehension of Allah being all wise, is that which non-Muslims do not have and that is the compulsory belief in Qadr and Qadaa (The belief of fate and destiny). This essential pillar Imaan (faith), part of it necessitates believe that the affairs of believer individually and as a whole is preordained by Allah تَعَالَى. That He تَعَالَى wrote it in His book, decreed it and knew it would happen. Thus He desired it, and willed it, therefore it occurred. Allah تَعَالَى mentions “And ever is the command of Allah a destiny decreed” (38; 37, Sahih International). So as Muslims, we should be aware such trials and tribulations are preordained and test from Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى.

In Surah Al-Hadid Allah تَعَالَى mentions (meaning of the ayah) “No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being…” (57:22, Sahih International) No doubt from these disasters today is the pandemic virus Covid-19. Muslims should be aware that this calamity, this pandemic has occurred solely from the permission of Allah تَعَالَى. The ayah in surah Al-Hadid continues to verse 23 “In order that you not despair over what has eluded you and not exult [in pride] over what He has given you. And Allah does not like everyone self-deluded and boastful.” (57; 23, Sahih International) The global confirmed cases are rising, with the United States being amongst the top inflicted countries, death toll surges it’s easy to fall into desolation. However, we are reminded in such times not to fall in despair, neither be boastful, arrogant (of the good) in such matter as all of is decreed by Allah with a divine wisdom.

With such pandemic we are guided with many physical benefits such as washing our hands, wearing masks if possible, practicing social distancing (avoiding close contact), covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces but what about the guarding of our hearts? What about the guarding of the faith, our spiritual selves in such times? In surah At-Taghabun Allah mentions (meaning of the verse) “No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah-He guides his heart…” (64:11, Sahih International) Thus whoever has Imaan (faith), whoever sincerely believes in the pillars of faith (belief in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Prophets, death and resurrection afterwards, and destiny the good and the bad of it) then Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى will guide their hearts. Therefore knowing, and believing this is desired and willed by the permission of  Allah the believer should generate a sense ease, comfort and patience as this is a matter he is not in control of, nor does he has any say in it. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى ends the same verse in surah At-Taghabun “…and Allah is Knowing of all things.”  Hence the believer should be aware Allah is ever knowing of all things, as He, alone have preordained it. In questioning the believers Allah says (in meaning) “Do you not know that Allah knows what is in the heaven and earth? Indeed, that is in a Record. Indeed that, for Allah is easy.” (22:70, Sahih International) Allahتَعَالَى is questioning the believers don’t they know Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى knows what is in the heaven and earth? Such a question is a question which examines the aqidah (creed), and the level of tawakkul and faith in Allah.

Such ayaats are reminders, which the Muslims should be well-aware of and firmly grounded in as our lives are full of hardships, trials and tribulations. In Surat l-baqarah Allah تَعَالَى  is swearing we will be tested with fear, loss of lives, wealth and such pandemic virus now no doubt causes fear, loss of lives, wealth etc. “And we will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits…’ (2:155, Sahih International) Allah tests us with evil and good as it is part of our imaan to believe in so. However what is compulsory upon us Muslims, in the test of evil is to have sabr (patience, perseverance). In the same verse after swearing we will be tested Allah تَعَالَى says “…but give glad tidings to the As-Sabireen (the patient ones, etc.)” In the same verse asserting trails, tribulations will befall us, the same verse links the good news, the good ending, and the victorious ones are those that are patient in their affairs Allah decreed upon them. In surah Luqman, there upon are verses in the Qur’an Kareem where Luqman, the wise, is advising his son. He counsels his son with (Aqim-is-Salat) establishing the prayer, enjoining (people) for Al-Ma’ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all that is good) forbidding (people) from Al-Munkar (disbelief in the oneness of Allah, polytheism, and all that is evil and bad), in the same ayah mentions to his son “…and be patient over what befalls you…” As-Salat (the prayer) is a pillar in Islam and obligatory for all Muslims to learn it, establish it (obligatory) and enjoin on those whom he/she is responsible for.  As-Salah (the prayer) is the greatest action and sign of imaan of a believer after the Shahadah. The hadith graded sahih comes in Sunan an-Nissa’i, the book of Salah narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (ﷺ) said

“The first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his Salah. If it is found to be complete then it will be recorded as complete, and if anything is lacking He will say: ‘Look and see if you can find any voluntary prayers with which to complete what he neglected of his obligatory prayers’. Then the rest of his deeds will be reckoned in like manner.”

(Nissa’i, 466)

The matter of the prayer is severe and been profoundly disputed amongst scholars if abandonment of the prayer nullifies one’s Islam- rendering one into disbelief. If one affirms the obligatory fasting of Ramadan yet do not fast Ramadan it’s a major sin yet remains in the fold of Islam. Likewise Zakat, if accountable to pay so and affirms it being compulsory if he/ she does not give Zakat it is amongst a grave sin yet one remains in the fold of Islam. The same goes for Hajj (pilgrimage) if able to do so. Yet abandonment of the prayer according to some jurist renders one a disbeliever. It comes from Abdullah bin Buraidah who narrated it from his father and said

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘The covenant that distinguishes between us and them is prayer; so, whoever leaves it, he has committed Kufr.’” (Ibn Majah, 1079)

If this, my dear brothers and sisters is the importance and status of As-Salah (the prayer) in Islam, then patience in difficulty is likewise compulsory. This theme is mentioned throughout the Qur’an Majeed such as in surat l-baqarah meaning “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer (bis-sabr wa salawaat). Indeed, Allah is with the patient (As-Sabireen).”  (2; 153, Sahih International) Earlier in the same surah verse 45 Allah تَعَالَى says meaning “And seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer) and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khashi’un [i.e. the true believers in Allah – those who obey Allah with full submission, fear much from His Punishment, and believe in His Promise (Paradise, etc.) and in His Warnings (Hell, etc.)].” (2; 45, Muhsin Khan) Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى tied the prayer and patience together indicating their connection in status, difficulty and in worship for the believer.

Besides what is mandated upon us to believe and the actions of belief, is certain statements and sayings we as Muslims say which has an effect in our religion and our hearts. That which is said in goodness comes back good, and that which is said badly also comes back to us bad. Similar to the eyes they also has an effect on us, from what we see whether contemplating on the creation of Allah, or if it’s looking at the haram that we may see it all has its effects on us. Even within our stance, its demeanor, the way we walk entails reflection upon our deen. Our stance in prayer for example with one’s head lowered, standing in humility, and the raku’ back straightened, the sujood (prostration) all of it entails submissiveness. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى says in His book about those who fall in calamity “Those who, when disaster strikes them, say “Indeed we belong to Allah and indeed to Him we will return.”  (2:156, Sahih International)  This is what the believer should say in times of calamity ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un’. However this term, the term here ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un’ what is the meaning? If it is recommended to say so at times of calamity, we as believers should value the statement and to value it require its understanding. The Arabic letter Laam in lillahi, indicate Mulk, indicates Allah owns us. Meaning He does to us whatever, however He wants to. He does whatever He wills and to Him belongs what He takes, and to Him belongs what He gives. The noble Shaykh, teacher Abdul-Hakeem mentions such statement when said brings contentment and treatment for protecting your religion. In such a tribulation timing its recommended we say this often as we are in the mists of it (Covid 19). And there is no doubt we will be questioned about this time here today. Did you turn to Allah? Such circumstance requires us to turn to Allah, to increase our Imaan, to increase our tawbah (repentance) hoping our sins is wiped away from us turning to Him سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى.

So the purpose of the test of evil is that He سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى tests us in our patients. Another question which may be raised is why does Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى send calamity, catastrophes and evil to the Earth? We are aware of it testing our patients but there’s also another reason mention in His Book the believer’s should be guided to and aware of.  Allah says in surat l-sajdah, in meaning “And we will surely let them taste the nearer punishment short of the greater punishment that perhaps they will repent.” (32; 21, Sahih International) Allah brings many of signs and miracles in our lives, to contemplate, and consider His Supreme Being, His Lordship, His Oneness, yet for some of mankind these signs are not sufficient. The Prophet Muhammad by the permission of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى came with many miracles such as the splitting of the Moon; Water emitting out between his fingers enabling his companions to drink and perform ablution (wudu’) from it; The phenomenal night journey with Angel Jibreel and ascension to the Heavens (Isra and Mairaj). Yet when the Meccans was informed of the miraculous journey, they ridiculed him, mocked him in crowds. Yet there was those who were righteous full of faith who recognized such miracles they were assured and had no doubt of it such as Abu Bakr As-siddique رضي الله عنه   replying to the Meccans or Khadija bint Khuwaylid, Mother of The Believer’s رضي الله عنها who assured him of his good character, piety, nobility with no hesitation after his first encounter with Jibreel in mount Hira. In surah Al- ‘Ankabut Allah says in reply to the pagans after asking why are not signs sent down to him (Prophet Muhammad) from his Lord… “Say, “The signs are only with Allah, and I am only a clear warner.” (29:50; Sahih International) In the next ayah which is the point related, I want to focus on is Allah says in meaning “And is it not sufficient for them that We revealed to you the Book which is recited to them? Indeed in that is a mercy and reminder for a people who believe.” (29:51; Sahih International)

The verse in surah Al- ‘Ankabut is indicating the signs were sufficient for them however many of them were heedless. Though the verse was addressing a specific group of people, its message is general and relates to people of all times, until the end of time as the Qur’an is timeless and for all nations. Nevertheless, Allah affirms it is a sign of mercy and a reminder for the people to believe. In relation to surat l-sajdah verse 21 the punishment is a mercy and reminder, and a chance for people to believe in God. For some of us the signs, miracles and wonders may not be enough therefore a punishment in this life may be necessary to coheres the individual into sincere repentance, and reflection of their state, their sins and perhaps they’ll heed and turn back to God. In a Hasan hadith related from Anas that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Every son of Adam commits sin, and the best of those who commit sin are those who repent.” (Ibn Majah, 4392) One may ask now how does this hadith relates to the matter? The error, the sin, the trail, and difficulties are a given in this life but to turn back to God in repentance. To turn back to God in acknowledgement, affirmation and obedience to Him from disbelief, yet it is a great act in itself. This is why Allah تَعَالَى says in end of the verse in surat l-sajdah “…perhaps they will repent.” So, Allah تَعَالَى gives some of mankind just a taste, a little piece of the greater punishment which Ibn Abbas mentioned the greater punishment is the punishment of the grave.

In surah Ar-Rum Allah says in meaning “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by what the hands people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done in that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]” (30:41; Sahih International) The term “fasād” (in Arabic: فساد‎) translated as corruption hold as vast meaning depending on context all interrelated such as decay, to, rot, deterioration, immorality, blight etc. From this fasād is the coronavirus which is from the consequence of what people of the land has earned from their sins.  No doubt shirk, atheism, overlooking the hereafter, oppression, mischief, evil, corruption, sin has spread throughout the lands of both Muslims and non-Muslims and Allah is Al-Ghafoor (extremely forgiving) Ar-Raheem (permanently merciful). Allah forgives whom He wills and punishes whom He wills from His divine wisdom. From His wisdom is holding mankind accountable and punishing them for their sins “so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done”. Allah held countless nations and communities accountable before us and certainly will after us until the last day. The past generations held accountable are examples for the approaching ones. The next verse in surah Ar-Rum, Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى   says in meaning to His Prophet “Say, [O Muhammad], “Travel through the land and observe how was the end of those before. Most of them were associators [of others with Allah]” (30:42; Sahih International). However, we as Muslims should know the purpose of all of this which is the ending of the verse of surah Ar-Rum (30:41) “…in that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]” So when we as Muslims are inflicted with any trial, or punishment we should immediately first and foremost turn to Allah in repentance. Turn to Allah in charity (giving for His sake), turn to Him in prayer, turn to Him in good deeds before it’s too late.

Abu Musa narrated The Prophet of Allah (ﷺ) said: “This people of mine is one to which mercy is shown. It will have no punishment in the next world, but its punishment in this world will be trials, earthquakes and being killed.” (Abu Dawood, 4278) Sahih (Al-Albani)

In surah Al-A’raf Allah says in meaning “And We sent no Prophet unto any town (and they denied him), but We seized its people with suffering from extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss of health (sickness) and calamities, so that they might humiliate themselves (and repent to Allah).” (7:94; Muhsin Khan) Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى   had punished them (who denied His prophets) with the likes of destitution, tribulations, and sicknesses. Today such sicknesses have inflicted us as the likes of Covid 19 worldwide. We must also bear in mind prior to covid-19 there was Ebola, SARS, Swing Flu etc. inflicting different parts of the world. The purpose for such suffering no different then the verse mentioned in surat l-sajdah, here in surah Al A’raf “…so that they might humiliate themselves (and repent to Allah).” Thus, to repent to Allah, to call upon Him and only Him, to return to His remembrance, to return to His obedience, to return to His legislation’s and abstaining from his prohibition’s all with love, sincerity, trust, reliance, hope and fear as believers. Even in punishment itself, we as Muslims, should be aware we are blameworthy if we are punished and do not turn to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى.

Even in Allah’s punishment, it’s favor, a blessing for the believer in various ways whether it’s an expiation for our sins; a reminder; a deterrent to fall further into sin, or even accepting accountability in this life to not be held accountable in the next. Allah تَعَالَى various places in His Book describes His favors, and blessings upon the disbelievers and their response.   In surah Az-Zumar, Allah says in meaning “When harm touches man, he calls to US (for help), then when We have (rescued him from that harm and) changed it into a favor from Us, he says: Only because of knowledge (that I possess) I obtained it.” Nay, it is only a trail but most of them know not!” (39:49, Muhsin Khan) Allah mentions His aid and favor upon them in surah Al-Isra and the characteristics of disbeliever. “And when We bestow favor upon the disbeliever, he turns away and distances himself; and when evil touches him, he is ever despairing.” (17:83; Sahih International) In Surah Al-Mu’minun Allah mentions similar “And even if We gave them mercy and removed what was upon them of affliction, they would persist in their transgression, wandering blindly.” (23:75; Sahih International) In such times of trail and tribulation it is from our faith that we seek repentance, patience, increasement in good deeds (prayer, supplication, charity, fasting etc.) and seek nearness to Him, the almighty, the All-Knowing and the All-Seeing. And in His favor, we give thanks, and praise, and are grateful for his bounty bestowed upon us. In contrary to being grateful and praising Allah in times of favor, He give us some descriptions and characteristics of the disbeliever’s so we can distance ourselves of these attributes. Such characteristics associated with the disbeliever’s we should avoid such as attributing any good gained to ourselves arrogantly or distancing ourselves from Allah and His remembrance, or persisting in transgression.

Rather whether in ease or in hardship whatever which befalls upon us as Muslims, decreed by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى for the believer is good.

Suhaib narrated The Prophet of Allah (ﷺ) said “Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.” (Muslim, 2999)

Anas Ibn Malik narrated The Prophet of Allah (ﷺ) said “I am amazed by the believer. Verily, Allah does not decree anything for the believer except what is good for him.” (Ahmad, 1295) Hasan Hadith

 

This should affirm that all that is decreed by Allah for the believer’s is good regardless of what is apparent of the situation. Our eyes are creation, so our sight is limited. Our ears are creation so our hearing is limited. However, Allah is All-Hearing, All Seeing, and He is All-Wise so that which is decreed we should have no doubt it’s for our benefit. We should not loose hope in Allah even when afflicted with trials and The Messenger affirmed to us in an authentic hadith from Abu Huraira.

 

Abu Huraira narrated: The Prophet of Allah (ﷺ) said: If Allah intends good for someone, then He afflicts him with trials. (Bukhari, 5321)

 

In the light of the coronavirus and its atmosphere with the mosque closings, thousands of deaths worldwide besides understanding whatever which is decreed for the believer is good, it is also a must we increase in Istighfaar (turning back to Allah). Graded sahih by Shaykh Al-Albani, Thawban reported when the Prophet finished the prayer, he’d ask forgiveness three times and said “O Allah…” (Abu Dawood, 1513) In other reports he would seek Istighfaar 100 times day. Istighfaar is a necessity upon all Muslims, and during this atmosphere it is highly recommended in the light of this virus (Covid-19). We should also increase in supplication as it increases us in reliance of Allah, ease any fear and anxiety’s and most important of all its a Sunnah of Allah’s Prophets and Messengers. Supplication is also a means to remain steadfast upon one’s faith as invocation is worship in itself.

 

An-Nu’man B. Bashir narrated The Prophet said “Du’a’ (supplication) is worship” (Abu Dawood, 1465)

 

One should not give up on their supplication nor become intolerant as it comes in Sahih Muslim, The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication…

 

Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger said: The supplication of every one of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and says: I supplicated but it was not granted. (Muslim, 2735)

 

As I remind myself, I hope this renders as a reminder for my brothers and sisters in faith that everything and all of it (our lives) are decreed, pre-ordained by Allah. Whether it be good or seen as bad is all from Allah and we surely will be tested and be held accountable. Ibn Abbas reported a narration from the Prophet which is well known amongst the community however such should serve as a pinnacle reminder during this pandemic.

Ibn Abbas reported: I was riding behind the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, when he said to me, Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of Allah and he will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find him before you. If you ask, ask from Allah. If you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that if the nations gathered together to benefit you, they will not benefit you unless Allah has decreed it for you. And if the nations gathered together to harm you, they will not harm you unless Allah has decreed it for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.” (At-Tirmidhi, 2516) Sahih by At-Tirmidhi

 

In conclusion, with no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus disease, guidelines are given to protect ourselves physically such as washing the hands often, practicing social distancing (avoiding close contact), wearing masks, cloths to cover he face, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes which are all good. However, where is the guidance and protection for our hearts? Our souls, our faith as Muslims? In today’s atmosphere, during this pandemic it is essential Muslims understand what their faith entails and requires of them from the book of Allah تَعَالَى and the authentic sunnah. As Muslims, as people of the sunnah and community, arguably, the greatest blessing from Allah تَعَالَى given to the believer’s is guiding them to faith. This faith which is built upon certainty, as well as statements and actions which (faith) fluctuates up and down. A faith entailing knowing Him, sincerely loving Him, worshipping Him alone, upon pure Islamic monotheism. A faith enabling them to follow His Prophets and Messengers, and their books as guides to assist in obeying Him تَعَالَى.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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