“And He found you lost and guided [you]…” Qur’an 93:7
The current global pandemic should have resulted in a change in our mentality. Even though we believe in Allah, there are often times throughout our lives when we start to become forgetful about the reality of this life. When Allah creates a situation in our lives to remind us of this reality, we should be grateful. We must reflect and contemplate about the hardships that we are faced with. Without these hardships we would have continued to be heedless about the reality of this life.
We must realise the seriousness of this pandemic and understand the situation the world is currently in. Countless people are dying. This should be a reminder to us about the temporary nature of our lives and this world. We were not created by Allah to live in this world eternally. Hearing about the deaths and struggles through the news, or even experiencing grief due to losing loved ones ourselves, should open our eyes to realise and feel that death is a certainty. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death).” (Qur’an 15:99)
If we still do not fear Allah nor make changes in our lives to live in the way we should, we are losing out on the blessing of this opportunity to better our connection with Him through relying completely on Him.
Therefore, we should be taking this opportunity to try to increase our level of Imaan (faith) and seek protection from having ignorance during this pandemic. We must understand that Allah is control of everything and that there is a purpose for everything that happens in this world. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“Indeed, those who disbelieve – it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them – they will not believe.” (Qur’an 2:6)
We should pray to Allah and ask Him to help us to not be of those who are described in the above verse. We should learn from this verse that when we are worried during this time of hardship, that is better for us. It keeps us conscious of our Lord and protects us from becoming people of ignorance. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and over their vision is a veil.” (Qur’an 2:7)
In our du’aas, we should be asking Allah to protect us from having the seal and veil mentioned in the above verse. With the seal and veil, we would feel calmer and not as worried about the deaths and struggles we are hearing about. We would not be thinking about hurrying to better ourselves as believers before we die.
Without the seal and veil, our hearts are able to feel fear. We are able to feel worried about what is to come, so we are more conscious of our actions. Therefore, if we feel worried about the current pandemic and feel that Allah is the only One we can depend on, that is Allah guiding us to the right path. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“And He found you lost and guided [you]…” (Qur’an 93:7)