Religious Discourse

Corona Virus- Line between Panic and Care

By: Shahid MoyeenQasmi .

After a thorough study of several noble ahaadeeth of the beloved Prophet Muhammad( ﷺ) and authoritative commentaries thereon by distinguished scholars of Islam, I concluded the following things on any epidemic like Corona Virus: 

No Contagion  Without The Order Of Allah  

No epidemic or calamity can afflict anybody without the order of Allah swt. So the concept of an automatic infection of any disease has been totally condemned by the ahaadeeth, where it is mentioned that “there is no automatic infection”. Therefore, a Muslim has to believe that “there is no automatic infection in any disease”. This also means, in other words, that even if one gets the virus one may still not get the disease.

Allah Can Make Any Disease Contagious 

No disease can prove contagious except by the order of Allah. So there is no contradiction if the outbreak of any disease or its contagion is observed and declared as highly contagious by the medical experts. In such a situation Muslims should follow, and urge others to follow, the precautionary instructions of the medical experts, to safeguard themselves.

Whatever these instructions may be, they should be strictly adhered to “till before they extend to the boundaries of Allah”. This is inferred from the ahaadeeth where it is ordered to avoid the places or people who have contagious disease. There are several saheeh ahaadeeth on this too.        

No Fear ,but Definite Care

As an instance, we have to believe as Muslims that no fire can burn anybody unless the order of Allah accompanies it. At the same time, we have to avert ourselves from fire, else we will be set ablaze putting our lives in jeopardy in this world as well as being consigned to Hell fire in the hereafter. The case of any epidemic is similar and we have to ask Allah swt to safeguard us from the evils of both the worlds by correct belief and actions.

We should never be hesitant to avail any ease granted by Allah the Most Gracious and The Most Merciful. He does permit us to strive for safety of our lives even at the cost of particular format of worship, when circumstances may demand so for a particular period of time or place.

Life Is Valuable 

Allah swt loves us and our lives a lot. He orders us to get treatment and take every precautionary measure for safeguarding our lives, so “shunning fully from any element of weakness in belief or any slip-ups in obligations” we should strive our best to protect ourselves and others from any epidemic like this.         

A life free from fear of death does not necessarily mean being careless of  health. A true believer in Allah must have both characteristics- readiness to meet Allah swt in obedience to Him and submitting to His call, and being fully careful of his health to be able to increase the righteous acts for as long as Allah lets him live.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “None amongst you should make a request for death, and do not call for it before it comes, …the life of a believer is not prolonged but for goodness.”{ Sahih Muslim » The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah,}

Chance for Worship or Rank of Martyrdom  

 If any of us falls prey to any contagious disease, despite taking all the precautionary measures to avoid contagion, then he should be content with the decree of Allah, continuing to take medicine as well as prescribed medical measures with the hope and intention that Allah swt will either grant health or the rank of martyrdom. 

The beloved Prophet (ﷺ) said, “… one who dies of plague is a martyr; and one who dies of cholera is a martyr.”{Sahih Muslim, The Book on Government}

6.Jama’at’ in the Masjid

Before thinking of even the temporary closure of Jama’ts in

Masajids we should first consider whether gatherings in other public places are stopped or not. Since masjids in Islam attract the blessings of Allah more than places. Decision to close Jama’t in them should be taken only when other gatherings have been stopped.       

 As for the Jama’ats (congregational prayers) in Masjids, if the situation is not pretty bad, it should not be stopped. Instead, we may take other steps like suggesting the affected individuals not to participate in the masjid’s jama’at, reducing the duration of azan & jama’at , performing the pre and post sunnats/ nafls at home, dispersing in different parts of the masjid itself for sunnats(it is tough out of the masjid for some reason), doing wudhu at home, shortening Jumu’ah khutbah, skipping other bayan, post salah- collective duas. 

Besides this, everything in the masajid should be kept extraordinarily neat and clean, shared towels should be removed, hugging and shaking hands could be temporarily avoided. 

But, if the expert doctors have observed, “ that even brief and small gathering is too likely to be  risky!” then there will be “no sin” in the closure of Jama’at with big gathering in the masjid or anywhere else or even in performing salah without Jama’at. 

 Rather, the reward will –In ShaaAllah!-be doubled- one for the sincere ‘intention’ of performing salah in the masjid ,another for the positive and mature endeavour of shunning any harm or jeopardy  to others  as well as reciprocation. The beloved Prophet (ﷺ) is reported to have said, “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.”{ Sunan Ibn Majah, The Chapters on Rulings.Dh}

Of course, those who stay in the masjid itself – respected imam, mu’azzin, and the servants, they should establish salah in the masjid. If the masjid is small and only imam sahib stays in that, then very few people from amongst the closest neighbours should participate. Put if the houses are far, then some healthy people may stay in the masjid with the intention of nafl itikaf and assist in the establishment of slaha if possible. 

 All this is in the farsighted view and right concern that the full-even temporary- closer of the jama’ats in masjids may help the satans to overshadow the sanctity of msjids in the eyes of mankind in the days to come even for a trivial issue.

However, while performing salah in congregation anywhere, we should confine to recite and perform only the things which are fardh and skip every nafl and mustahab. Then the jama’at of the masjid will be short. It will take 2-3 mintues only. These are the occasions where we should exercise the options given by Allah swt as His grace.  

     7.   Purity and cleanliness

Purity and cleanliness are magnificent parts of Islam. So we should always keep ourselves completely purified and clean. Some important actions in this regard are – washing hands and mouth after taking meal, washing hands after using washroom, using handkerchief to cover mouth while sneezing and coughing, not using right hand to clean nose, any dirt or waste, bathing daily, thorough cleaning of every part of the house and office, especially washrooms and bathrooms, frequent brushing of teeth at least before every salah, clipping the moustache, cutting the nails, washing the finger joints, plucking the hair under the arm-pits and shaving the pubes. All should be vigilant in this regard and should sensitize others also with politeness.    

Treatment, Medication & Responsibilities  

Allah swt sends a medicine with every disease except old age and death. Therefore, the experts should strive to diagnose the exact nature and character of the prevailing epidemic, discover its cure and treat. The governments should also adjure, urge and support the experts in these endeavours while the rest of us should apply the prescribed medicines.

The beloved Prophet (ﷺ) said, “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment.”

{Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Medicine}

Honey and black cumin (qalonji) are the best medicines prescribed by the Prophet (ﷺ) himself, profoundly ‘honey’, it is both- medicine and food, it should be eaten or liked even a some drops; detail on honey and black cumin is mentioned almost in every hadeeth book particularly in Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Medicine.  

If the contagion dooms houses or cities to lockdown, the government should strive its best to provide the bare essentials of life. Otherwise human lives will be risked or jeopardized due to hunger and other diseases much more than CoronaVirus. Normally cities need ration, while villages need medicine, they should be managed accordingly.   

Local, national and international organizations can play a vital role in the helping people in such tough circumstances. If the wealthy people stock their ration, they should never lose this opportunity to help their poor neighbours do the same on the grounds of humanity. In fact, all these actions on our part are a great means of getting the pleasure of our creator and dealing with difficulties. The actions of help should be immediate, needful and proper. 

     9.  Spread Of Truth       

However, people must be sensitised to any health danger keeping it in its limit only. But it should neither be sensationalized nor overshadowed. Otherwise it may lead to many other irreparable losses to individuals and nations. Those who survive on daily wages may face many financial and physical challenges. The panic may intensify the weak-hearted or heart affected people’s misery. 

       10. Repentance & Supplications  

We should truly repent to Allah swt from our shortcomings and follow His commands completely; especially those related to our responsibilities to His creatures. It should always be tried to keep our hearts pure from any atom of oppression, enmity, hatred, malice and jealousy against the salves of Allah. Repentance and returning to Allah is one of the most effective measures to tackle difficulties and vicissitudes of life. Simultaneously, we should make supplications in the forms and as mentioned in the glorious Qur’an or narrated from our beloved Prophet (ﷺ). Here are some: 

(1)

لاإِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

[la ilaha illa anta subha naka inni kuntu minazaalimeen]

There is no deity except You ; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.

[Saurah al-Anmbiya,21:87]

(2)

بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

[bismillahilladhi la yadurru ma’a ismihi sha’i un fi’lardi wa la fissama’i wa huwassameeulaleem]

‘In the Name of Allah by whose Name nothing in the earth or the heaven can harm. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.’

“If one recites this supplication thrice in the morning and in the evening, nothing will harm him”, Said the Prophet (ﷺ )

{ Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Book of Supplication } 

(3)

”اللَّهُمَّ لاَ يَأْتِي بِالْحَسَنَاتِ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ وَلاَ يَدْفَعُ السَّيِّئَاتِ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِكَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

[Allahumma la ya’tee bil’hasanaati illa anta wa la yadfa’ussayyiaati illa anta wa la haulawa la quwwata illabika]

O Allah, no one brings good things except You, and no one averts evil things except You and there is no might and power but in You.

{Sunan Abi Dawud » Book of Divination and Omens (Kitab Al-KahanahWa Al-Tatayyur) Dh.}

(4)

اللهمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ جَهْدِ الْبَلَاءِ، وَدَرَكِ الشَّقَاءِ، وَسُوءِ الْقَضَاءِ، وَشَمَاتَةِ الْأَعْدَاءِ

O Allah, I seek refuge with you from the difficulties of severe calamities, from having an evil end and a bad fate and from the malicious joy of your enemies.

The beloved Prophet (ﷺ) taught to pray to Allah in these words { Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Divine Will (Al-Qadar)} 

(5)

Suratul Ikhlaas, Suratul Falaq and Suratun Naas,  thrice in the morning and thrice in the evening daily. They will be enough protection from any harm.

{Tirmizi & Abu Dawood, with a good chain}   

(6)

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ الْعَظِيمُ الْحَلِيمُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبُّ الأَرْضِ 

وَرَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ

[La ilaaha illallahul a’zeemul Haleem la ilaha illallahu rabbularshilazeem la ilaha illallahu rabbussamawati w rabbul ardi warabbul arshil kareem]

There is no god but Allah, the Great, the Tolerant, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the Magnificent Throne There is no god but Allah, the Lord of the Heaven and the earth, the Lord of the Edifying Throne

{ Sahih Muslim » The Book Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness »}

(7)

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ

[Allahumma innee au’zubika minalbarasi waljunooni waljuzaami wa min sayyi’ilasqaam]

O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases.

{Sunan Abi Dawud, Book of Prayer}

 (8)

آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۚ كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّن رُّسُلِهِ ۚ وَقَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۖ غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ 

The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers,

[saying]

, “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.” [Quran:…….]

لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ ۖ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۚ أَنتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ – 

Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what

[good]

it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.”[Quran:…….]

“If one recites the last two Ayats of Surat-al-Baqarah at night, it is sufficient for him (for that night).”, Said the beloved Prophet (ﷺ). 

{Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Virtues of the Qur’an}

May Allah swt safeguard the entire humanity from any fatal disease!

وصلی اللہ علی النبی الکریم محمد وعلی آلہ وصحبہ  أجمعين والحمدللہ رب العالمن

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