Since the Covid 19 outbreak and eventual measures put in place by various governments and countries, everyone has been affected differently. Businesses have closed, Schools have closed, Mosques have closed, physical meetings have been banned. Of course, the initial shock sends the body into all sorts of emotions. People have lost jobs, have lost a sense of togetherness, depression is on the rise and so is domestic violence.
However, just like any loss, we usually see one side of the coin. Be it sickness, death, or any loss you can possibly think of. We dwell on the negatives. The COVID 19 pandemic outbreak is not any different, Anything that changes the status quo from the supposed good to bad may make us feel vulnerable. However, there is always a bright/ good side to any situation. Always contemplate on the bright side of any nightmare you may be facing. There is always a bright side. We just need to look closely and ponder.
Allah, who encompasses all matters assured us twice: “Surely, with every difficulty there is ease. Surely, with every difficulty there is ease.” (Qur'an 94: 5 - 6)
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him.” (Muslim)
We always curse the loss that befalls us and forget that it is from Allah and if He, Subhanahu Wata’allah had not willed, it would not have happened.
Allah has told us: "No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being - indeed that, for Allah, is easy" (Qur'an 57: 22)
The lock down has inconvenienced us all in one way or another but it has also blessed us with a few things including the following:
The opportunity to pray in our homes
We rarely pray in the comfort of our homes. Given our daily routines, we usually leave home early in the morning and come back to them late and therefore pray from the masjid or workplaces. However it is encouraged for us to pray in our homes.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "O people, pray in your homes , for the best of prayers are a man's prayers in his home, except the obligatory prayers." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Also: "If any of you completes his prayer in his Masjid [that is nearest to his home], then he should leave a portion of his prayers for his home for Allah will make his prayer at home much better." (Muslim).
Performing prayers at home spreads within the home a sense of worship and obedience to the commands of Allah The Almighty.
The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Perform a portion of your prayers at home and do not make your homes graves." (Al-Bukhari and (Muslim).
The gift of reciting Qur’an in our homes
The lock down has given us more time in our homes which time we should use to recite Qur’an in the comfort of our homes.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said "Indeed Shaytan does not enter the house in which Surat al-Baqarah is recited." (Narrated by Abu Hurayrah; Tirmidhi)
The gift of spending time with our families
Spending time with ones family is an act of charity and fetches rewards and goodness from Allah. The COVID 19 lock down has helped many spend more time with their families and this has helped us strengthen the bond between us.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “When a Muslim spends something on his family, intending to receive Allah’s reward, it is regarded as charity for him.” (Bukhari)
Opportunity to teach our children the diin
The lock down has given us the gift of spending time with our children. To make this count, we should endeavor to use most of this time engaging our children in worship of Allah. Teach them prayer, teach them the Qur’an, teach them manners, be kind to them and give them a good example to follow. It is our responsibility to teach our children the diin but we usually lack time to do this. Take advantage of this opportunity and teach your children knowledge of the diin.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The leader is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock, a man is the shepherd of his family and is responsible for his flock; a woman is the shepherd in the house of her husband and is responsible for her flock, the servant is the shepherd of his master’s wealth and is responsible for it. Each of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock.” (Saheeh al-Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim)
Increase of Dua to Allah
Making dua is an important act of worship. However, it is one that we forget about so often especially when we are faced with good times. When Allah blesses us with good fortune in way of good health, wealth, children, jobs, friends, all good things one can think of really, we forget Him. We not only forget to thank Him for these blessings but even stop asking Him for His blessings.
Al-Nu’man ibn Bashir reported: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Supplication is the essence of worship.” Then, the Prophet recited the verse, “Your Lord says: Call upon Me and I will respond to you. Verily, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell in humiliation.” (40:60) (al-Tirmidhī)
The Pandemic has seen us all fall to our knees and return to our Lord. Even those who do not believe in God have at some point during this pandemic outbreak had to realise that there is a higher power.
Isolation: reflecting on ones life and making changes
Keeping to oneself helps one take a step back from the worldly needs and evils and focus on the important aspects of their life (worship of Allah). We have had time to ask ourselves the tough questions: Do i recognise Allah in my life? Do i pray? Do i read the Qur’an? Do i follow the sunnah? If yes, what can i do better or more of? If no, how can i change? How can i sustain it??
Mortality check Many people have come to the realisation that life is so unpredictable and anything can happen any time, without warning. We have been forced to face the fact that death will come to any one any where anytime. The people we thought were superior and with all abilities to heal themselves with little difficulty if any, have been hit by the circumstances just the same or even worse. We have therefore been forced to realise that Allah is great and has all the power and might to do anything and none else has any authority.
Allah Says: "And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs. If He wills, He can do away with you, O people, and bring others [in your place]. And ever is Allah competent to do that." (Qur'an 4: 132 - 133)
Financial reflection This lock down has given us a reality check on our financial situation. We have been handed the opportunity to see how our families would fare with us out of a job, sick or dead. How those in our care would suffer without our incomes to support them. We need to better attend to our financial health and to ensure security of our loved ones when we face trials.
Every situation has an end.
Allah says: "O my people, this worldly life is only [temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter - that is the home of [permanent] settlement." (Qur'an 40: 39)
Allah Knows Best!