Reflect During The Crisis: Know yourself

Psychology Contributor
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During the global crisis caused by the coronavirus, in many parts of the world people have been instructed to stay at home. As Muslims, we believe that there is a meaning behind each occurrence in this life, as everything happens in the way Allah has decreed. Therefore, we must remember to be patient and reflect during the crisis, as ultimately this life is a test and it is temporary. We should not lose ourselves in the crisis and forget our Creator. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Qur’an 51:56)

We should use the extra time that we may have at home to reflect on our connection with Allah and our level of Imaan (faith). Are we praying all of our prayers on time? Are we trying to pray Tahajjud (night prayer) to ask Allah to help us and others? Are we reciting more Qur’an, making more du’aa, or trying to do optional fasts?

We should take advantage of any extra time we now find to meliorate our connection with our Lord, as only He knows how long this will go on for and how long we will be in this world for. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

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

We should remember to repent for our sins. Maybe we have some more time at home now than we did before this crisis – we could use this to make du’aa to Allah and seek His forgiveness. We can increase the time we spend on repentance and ensure it is sincere. We should turn to our Lord in humility and cement in our hearts and minds that Allah knows us the most, and that it is our duty to seek His forgiveness.

This will help us to improve ourselves as we strive to become better Muslims. It will remind us to look at our own faults rather than looking for faults in others. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant…” (Qur’an 2:222)

We should also use the extra time we have to speak to our family members and better our relationship with them. It may be that we were busy with work but now an opportunity has surfaced to spend more time with them. We read in the hadith the importance of maintaining a close relationship with our family members:

“He who believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him maintain good relation with kins.” (Al Bukhari and Muslim)

For people who are working from home, this time is also a test of sincerity and honesty, as they are having to work away from their normal place of work, away from their managers and team. If we are one of those people who are now working from home, we must remind ourselves that although we are not in the presence of our managers, our Lord is always with us. We read in a hadith that Abu Salid al-Khudri reported that The Prophet (SAW) said:

“Do not sell gold for gold, except like for like, and don’t increase something of it upon something; and don’t sell silver unless like for like, and don’t increase something of it upon something, and do not sell for ready money something to be given later.” (Sahih Bukhari)