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Dealing With The Coronavirus – An Islamic Perspective

Allah has created this world in such a way that not only do we experience moments of comfort and joy, but also difficulties and hardships. We as believers accept that everything that happens, whether good or bad, is the result of the Decree of the Almighty Allah.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has stated, Know that whatever has afflicted you was not to miss you, and whatever has missed you was not to afflict you... (Abu Dawud)

Whilst the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID19) has brought about a sense of fear and panic amongst many, a true believer will have complete faith in his Creator and firmly believe that everything is from Allah and that He is All-Wise, hence in whatever He does lies goodness for us. Through this belief, one will find solace and peace in regards to the current situation.

SEVEN TOOLS OF A BELIEVER

Alongside this firm belief, a believer possesses seven tools which give him protection from all harms and provides peace of mind and contentment of the heart should he be afflicted. The seven tools are mentioned here below:

1. TAWBAH AND ISTIGHFAR (REPENTANCE AND SEEKING FORGIVENESS) – Calamities result from our disobedience to Allah. As a result of sincere repentance and seeking forgiveness from Allah, not only will one’s sins be forgiven, but one will also be granted safety from the calamities resulting from sins. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has mentioned, Whoever holds fast to istighfār, Allah creates a way out for him from every difficulty, grants him relief from every worry and provides for him from sources he does not even imagine. (Abu Dawud)

2. TAQWA (OBEDIENCE TO ALLAH) – After repenting from all sins, one needs to remain steadfast by obeying Allah in all matters. Allah mentions, Whoever refrains from disobeying Allah, He (Allah) brings forth a way out for him and provides for him from where he does not even imagine. (65:2-3)

3. DU‘A (SUPPLICATION) – Du‘a is such a powerful weapon that not only does it remove existing calamities, it also prevents future difficulties. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has mentioned in a Ḥadith, Indeed, du‘a benefi ts (a person) with regards to what has already befallen and with regards to what has not yet befallen. So hold fast, O servants of Allah, to du‘a. (At-Tirmidhi)

4. ṢADAQAH (CHARITY) – Ṣadaqah is also an effective method of removing existing calamities and preventing future difficulties. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has mentioned, Treat your sick through ṣadaqah. (Aṭ-Ṭabarani). Hasten in giving ṣadaqah, for tribulations cannot get past ṣadaqah. (Aṭ-Ṭabarani)

5. ṢABR (PATIENCE) – Exercising patience attracts the Help of Allah, which consequently leads to the uplifting of difficulties. Allah says, Surely Allah is with those who are patient. (2:153)

6. ṢALAH – Like ṣabr, ṣalah is also a tool through which a person is able to acquire the Help of Allah. Allah says, Acquire (the Help of Allah) through patience and ṣalah. (2:45)

7. DHIKR (REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH) – The remembrance of Allah attracts His Attention. As a result, His Help and Mercy will descend in abundance. Allah says in a Al-Ḥadithul-Qudsi, I am with my servant whenever he remembers Me and his lips move with My remembrance. (Al-Bukhari)

These seven points: tawbah and istighfar; taqwa; du‘a; ṣadaqah; ṣabr; ṣalah; and dhikr are actions which each and every one of us is able to carry out in all circumstances. Differences in gender, age, status, health and busy schedules are not preventing factors in this matter. Individuals who carry out these points will remain safe from afflictions and if they are afflicted, it will be temporary. If by the Wisdom of Allah, the difficulty remains, a person’s heart will not experience any anxiety or distress.

MORNING AND EVENING SUPPLICATIONS FOR SAFETY

With the above seven points, we must also hold fast to the following four supplications as much as we can:

1. Recite the following du‘ā three times in the morning and evening:
In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing in the earth nor in the sky can do any harm. He is the AllHearing, All-Knowing. (Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

BENEFIT: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said that the one who recites this du‘a will be protected from sudden calamities.

2. Recite the following du‘a once (preferably three times) in the morning and evening:
(I seek blessings) in the Name of Allah upon myself and my Din. (I seek blessings) in the Name of Allah upon all that which my Rabb (who is Mighty and Majestic) has given me. (I seek blessings) in the Name of Allah upon my family and wealth. Allah is the Greatest, Allah is my Rabb. Allah is the Greatest, Allah is my Rabb. I do not ascribe anything to Him. (O Allah!) Save me from every accursed shayṭān and from every rebellious oppressor. Indeed, my Guardian is Allah, Who revealed the Book (the Quran), and He protects the pious. Thus, if they (the rejecters) turn away, then say, ‘Allah is sufficient for me, there is no deity but Him. In Him Alone do I place my trust and He is the Rabb of the Mighty Throne.’ (Aṭ-Ṭabarani)

BENEFIT: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has promised safety from all harm for the one who recites this du‘a.

3. Recite the following du‘a once in the morning and evening:
Pure is Allah (from any imperfection) and for Him is All Praise. There is no power (to do any good deeds) except with the Help of Allah. Whatever Allah wills happen and whatever Allah does not will does not happen. I know that Allah has power over everything and that Allah’s Knowledge encompasses everything. (Abu Dawud)

BENEFIT: Whoever reads this in the morning will be protected until night, and whoever reads it at night will be protected until morning.

4. Recite the following du‘a upon seeing or coming to know of any person suffering from any affliction:
All Praise is for Allah, Who has protected me from what He has afflicted you with, and has greatly favoured me over many of his creation. (At-Tirmidhi)

BENEFIT: For the one who recites this du‘a upon seeing or coming to know of any person suffering from any affliction, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has promised safety from that very affliction.

SEEKING GUIDANCE FROM THE ‘ULAMA

We should also keep in touch with our ‘Ulama and follow their guidance so that we may do things according to the Pleasure of Allah, and we safeguard ourselves from doing those things that bring the Displeasure of Allah.

FOLLOWING THE ADVICES OF MEDICAL EXPERTS AND AUTHORITIES

Together with a complete conviction in the seven tools and the supplications noted above, we should also be mindful of following guidance issued by the experts and authorities in relation to the Coronavirus. It is our duty to safeguard ourselves and others and not become the cause of difficulty for ourselves or others. Therefore, we should stay informed of the latest guidance and ensure we act accordingly.

BEING CONSIDERATE TOWARDS OTHERS

It is very unfortunate to note that during such times, many will be seen adopting a siege mentality; a feeling of ‘us against everyone else’. Hence why we see many people stockpiling food items whilst consoling themselves over the fact that if a time comes when there is no food available in the stores, at least they will be protected.

Similarly, some shop owners take advantage of the increased demand by inflating prices to an extortionate amount, whilst some also hoard stock in order to sell it at a higher price when it becomes scarce and people become desperately in need. Such behavior contradicts the very teachings of brotherhood and preference for others. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said,

None of you can be a (perfect) believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. (Al-Bukhari)

The perfect believer is he who not only desires to have enough for himself but desires the same for others also. At such times we should also help the elderly and the most vulnerable as much as we can. Whatever little we do to help others will go a long way towards acquiring safety from this calamity as such acts of kindness attract the Mercy of Allah.

I urge all my dear readers to endeavour to act upon these points and share them with others so they may also practice and acquire safety from afflictions, resulting in peace and contentment.

Taken from Riyaḍul Jannah, Vol. 29 No. 3, March 2020.

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  3. EXUSE ME DR.ZAKIR NAIK,
    I SHIVERING!
    I STAY IN PANDAN INDAH, SELAGOR, KUALA LUMPUR

    I STARVING A WEEK AND TODAY MARCH 25,
    MY MOTHER AGE 75 OLD MOTHER SEND TO ME SMALL MONEY FROM RUSSIA  FOR MY RENT PAIMENT AND FOR MY FOOD AND
    THE OFFICES OF THE WESTERN UNION
    IN "PANDAN KAPITAL MALL" AND IN ANOTHER MALL ALSO IN POS-OFFICE
    ARE CLOSED FOR PURPOSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PREVENT.
    AND
    PEOPLE ARE DEPRIVED OF A OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE MONEY,
    WHO WAS PUNISHED?
    THE VIRTUAL VIRUS PUNISHED?
    WHO IN THE ANSWER FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT STAY AT HOME AS WILL DEPRIVE OF THE ROOM AS DID NOT PAY IN TIME,
    TO ME WHAT ON THE GARBAGE CAN TO LOOK FOR SCRAPS?
    TO COLLECT STUBS?
    HOW TO ME TO SURVIVE?

    WHAT TO ME TO EAT AND HOW TO PAY THE RENT,
    I SEE HERE DID NOT LET IN THE MALL WITHOUT MASK THOUGH CHECKED THAT I AM NOT SICK.
    (MASK CAN BUY IN THE MALL BUT YOU MUST HAVE MASK IN ORDER TO ENTER AND IT MADNES)
    THE UNHCR DOES NOT RESPOND TO MESSAGES OF MY GMAIL.
    THEM ALL TO SPIT, ALL PLAING THAT THEY FIGHT AGAINST VIRTUAL THREAT, ALL WALK IN MASKS, ARE AFRAID EACH OTHER AND EVERYONE KNOWS THAT HE IS NOT SICK!
    IT SEEMS TO ME I WILL NOT BE MISTAKEN AND I WILL CALL IT "MASS PARANOYA"
    I AM UNDER THE UNITED NATION PROTECTION OR NOT I ASK THE UNHCR?
    AND WHEN THE WESTERN UNION WILL GIVE ME MONEY THAT MY MOTHER SEND TO ME TO KUALA LUMPUR?

    I AM LGBT REFUGEE STATELESS PERSON
    ref.354-17c02229
    ms. Lucy Yisraeel
    LONG YEARS WAITING FOR RESETTLEMENT,
    I AM NON-MUSLIM BUT
    I AM EX-CHRISTIAN

    I HAVE NO MONEY FOR TRANSPORTATION!
    NO MONEY FOR FOOD THE ONLY
    2 RINGIT I HAVE FOR NOW

    BUT I HAVE 716 RINGIT THAT MY ONLY MOTHER SEND TO ME TROUGH THE  WESTERN UNION
    MONEY TRANSFER
    BUT THE OFFICE OF WU IS CLOSED 
    FOR "CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION"

    THE UNHCR MALAYSIA,
    ref.354-17c02229
    ms. Lucy Yisraeel

    I SELFSTUDY WITH GOOGLE TRANSLATE

    KULHU WALLAHU SOMAT ALLAHU ULAT WALAM YAKULAHU KUFUAN AHAT

    قوله والله صمت الله ألات ولم يقوله كفن أحاط

    His saying by God 
    the silence of God,
    he did not say it shrouded surrounded

    ABOUT WHOM IT SPOKEN?

    THANK YOU AND SORRY AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE MAN OF GOD AND I NEED HELP OF ALLAH TO RESETTLE ME TO THE FIJI ISLANDS THAT COUNTRY WHERE EQUALITY SIGNED BY CONSTITUTION AND ANSHA ALLAH I WILL CONVERT TO ISLAM BECOUSE
    I LOVE ONE GOD AND I AM ANTI-JESUS CHRIST
    AND I ALSO DO NOT EAT PORK
    AND I BELIEVE YOU ARE MEN OF GOD WHO CAN HELP ME, THANK YOU

    ASHADU AN LA ILAHA ILALLA WASHADU ANNA MUHAMMADUR SULU'LA
    أشد أن لا إلها إللى واشاد أنا محمدر صلالة
    AMYEN

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