Post Covid 19: 4 steps to follow for a Muslim
The Covid 19 pandemic which hit the world without warning has left many broken and in despair. Everyone has their life affected in one way or the other. Most are recovering from psychological, physical, emotional or economical traumas. Because a lot of people live like: Allah isn’t aware of their actions; there is no Ahkirah; they will not be held accountable; the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic has left them turning back on their heels, seeking repentance from Allah in order to earn His mercy. This only shows the power and greatness of our creator, the All-Knowing, the Ever-living . As Muslims, we must learn to take advantage of whatever situation we find ourselves in.
“And put forward to them the example of the life of this world: it is like the water which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it, and becomes fresh and green. But later it becomes dry and broken pieces, which the winds scatter. And Allah is Able to do everything” (Al Quran18:45)
Response towards Covid 19
Although this hit hard and was unexpected, we still found a way to adjust and are still adjusting. For example, the Taraweeh during Ramadan at home, saying salat , jum’ah and Eid at home, selective hajj attendance and a host of other religious activities suspended. But what does it mean for Muslims? How do we react to such trials? How do we live through its aftermath? The following tips can assist us in becoming better versions of ourselves and in turn better slaves of Allah. These virtues can be termed as the Rs of our reality in this world. They are as follows:
Realization for a Muslim in post Covid 19 era
In post Covid 19 period we need to realize that anything can happen at any time, in fact our lives can change in milliseconds – a reality totally beyond our control. We need to realize the unending knowledge of Allah versus the limitations of science. Science keeps changing, keeps evolving, but the past, present or future doesn’t apply to Allah. Allah says
“Allah! none has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who Sustains and Protects all that exists” (Al Quran 2:255)
We need to realize the realities of the prophecies of the Quran and the messenger’s (pbuh) words. We need to realize that the world is very near its end, this will prepare our minds to expect the unexpected.
Recognising the strength
After the realizations hit, then we have to recognize. Recognize facts and areas in our lives which require us to take action. Allah says
“We will show them our signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to turn that this is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?” (Al Quran 41:53)
What happened last year during covid 19 we need to recognize that trials and tribulations are bound to happen and are all a part of what we pass through in this dunya to make us stronger and not to weaken us. These recognitions will make our imaan (faith) stronger and increase our tawwakul (reliance) upon Allah. No matter what anyone tells us or whatever we go through, we are certain that the prophets and messengers before us have gone through worse.
In order to be able to adapt, we must try as much as possible to make improvements on ourselves, especially as regards to behavior. We all need to be closer than ever , even if not physically. We need to work on becoming individuals that are tolerable around people. Allah says
“Nay! Verily, man does transgress (in disbelief and evil deed) because he considers himself self-sufficient. Surely unto your Lord is the return” (Al Quran 96:6-8)
Also, the prophet (pbuh) said “The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe” (Muslim).
We should try our possible best to revive our relationship with Allah. That can be done by engaging in the constant remembrance of Allah (Dhikr), recitation of the Quran (Tilawah) and contemplation of the Qur’an (Tadabbur). But only when we are determined to work on ourselves will we be able to reconnect with the Quran and repair our relationship with Allah. Let the words of Allah be a constant source where we turn to anytime we seek solutions to problems that life may present. Allah says
“And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe and it increases the Zalimun nothing but loss” (Al Quran 17:82)
We have to restore our relationships with people especially ties of kinship. An emphasis is placed here because it is a must and a condition upon attaining the pleasure of Allah. Allah says
“and do not cut the relations of the wombs. Surely, Allah is Ever an All- Watcher over you”(Al Quran 4:1)
Also, reported by Jubair b. Mut’im on the authority of his father that the prophet (pbuh) said “the severer would not enter Paradise. Ibn Umar said that Sufyan (explained it as): One who severs the tie of kinship would not enter Paradise” (Muslim 6199). In addition, protecting the ties of kinship increases our sustenance and lengthens our age. Moreover, rebuilding relationships should not only be with our relatives but with friends, co-workers and neighbors. Because we don’t know what will happen the next second, it’s best we try to stay happy and be on good terms with everyone.
The prophet (pbuh) said “The best of the Believers is the most excellent of them in character” (Ibn Majah)
(Written by freelance journalist Zainab Sulaimon)