Avoiding despair during crisis

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During any crisis, we must remember that it is part of our faith to place our complete trust in Allah. There may be many things going on around us in the world that make us feel confused and unsure about what is to come.

Allah blesses us with the ability to predict things in this world so that we may prepare. However, we should never forget that even the ability to make a projection of what we think could happen and what we need to do based on that, is given to us by Allah. If Allah had willed for humans not to be able to make predictions, they would not be able to do so.

Therefore, it is extremely important for us as Muslims to remember to sincerely cement in our hearts that Allah is the only One who has power over all things.

We must be careful about placing our trust and dependence on worldly things. For example, we may see predictions made and precautions issued, and of course we should take the precautions and do what we can to help ourselves and others, but ultimately we must place our trust in Allah. This means we must remember that any situation can change if that is what Allah decrees. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Indeed Allah, over all things, is competent.” (Qur’an 29:20)

Islam teaches us to have complete trust in Allah. We must rely on Him and not allow ourselves to become overly consumed by and attached to worldly things, including this life or the world itself. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“And for those who fear Allah, He always prepares a way out, and He provides for him from sources he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.” (Qur’an 65:2-3)

We should also keep in mind that we need try our best not to become fearful about things that happen in the world to the point that we forget our Lord. Our Lord is our Protector. Ultimately, this world is a test and it is temporary, so we must not become so scared or stressed about the current situation in a way that weakens our Imaan (faith). We should not let ourselves fall into despair.

The hardships that we are facing and struggles that we are going through were written by Allah to happen. It was decreed by Allah for us to experience this during our lifetime. Therefore, as Muslims, we should not question Allah’s decree. We must try our best to accept what we go through and remember that we will be rewarded for the patience we bear during our hardships. Whenever we face a struggle or we are going through a hardship, we must remember the hadith:

“How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” (Muslim)

Furthermore, a very important concept to remember as believers is that when we are facing a struggle, it gives the opportunity to develop our level of Imaan. We realise that Allah is the only One we can depend on and place our complete trust in.