Gratitude in the Pandemic
As we are all faced with the current global pandemic, there are many people who are struggling more than us. We must seek help from our Lord for the strength to endure our own hardships, but we must remember those who may be less fortunate than us too. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And [remember] when your Lord [Allah] proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]…” (Qur’an 14:7)
We should remember that although there is much advice being given in many parts of the world for people to reduce the number of shopping trips, there are many people who do not have the means to buy extra items at a single time. We should remember this and be grateful.
We must make an effort to remind ourselves that there has also been advice given in many countries for people to stay in their homes in order to protect themselves, their families, and stop the spread of the virus. We must remember that there are people who do not even have homes to stay in, so how will they isolate themselves for protection? Those of us who have homes should be grateful.
We ought to keep in mind that, although many countries have issued guidelines on social distancing, not everyone has the ability to do this. People may have a shelter but it could be so crowded that social distancing becomes impossible. We must be grateful if we are able to maintain social distancing in our homes, and make du’aa to Allah to help those who are less fortunate. We read in a hadith:
“Look at those below you (less fortunate than you), and don’t look at those above you, for this is better.” (Muslim)
If we continue to work from our homes, instead of complaining we must be grateful that we still have our jobs. There are people who have lost their jobs amid the pandemic and are struggling beyond explanation. They are still having to worry about how they will provide for themselves and their families.
Furthermore, if we are working at home, we should not overlook the fact that there are many amongst us who are still having to travel to work and cannot stay at home. They may work be working to deliver food to homes, be outside patrolling the streets to protect the people of a country, taking care of patients in a hospital, or serving customers in a grocery store. We should be grateful for what we have and for what those people are doing for the world.
We must not forget that countless people have died due to the virus, so we must be grateful that Allah wrote for us to wake up today. We should make sincere du’aa for those who have been affected by the virus and ask Allah to give patience to their families and loved ones. We should show kindness and help our communities and neighbours amid this crisis. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Is there any reward for good other than good?” (Qur’an 55:60)