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✨The Believer and the Coronavirus✨
It is a very good reminder, so try not to skip it.
The Coronavirus ….
It’s spreading everywhere.
People are just falling in the streets.
Hundreds of thousands of deaths so far.
The statistics are increasing.
And that’s scary.
Something similar happened 1400 years ago.
Our Mother Aaisha (radhi Allaahu anha) asked the Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) about the plague.
✨ He said:
“The Plague was a punishment which Allah used to send on whom He wished, but Allah made it a blessing for the believers.
None (among the believers) remains patient in a land in which plague has broken out and considers that nothing will befall him except what Allah has ordained for him, but that Allah will grant him a reward similar to that of a martyr.”
And the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allaahu Alayihi wa sallam) said :
“Plague was a means of torture sent on some people before you.
So if you hear of its spread in a land, don’t approach it, and if a plague should appear in a land where you are present, then don’t leave that land in order to run away from it (i.e. plague).”
Although these ahaadeeth are about the plague, the same can be applied to any of the contagious diseases or epidemics.
And this latest outbreak of Coronavirus is one of them.
So what’s a believer to do? (Coronavirus)
1. Do NOT panic. (Coronavirus)
Stay calm.and place your TRUST in Allah.
KNOW that NOTHING can harm you or benefit you except with Allah’s Permission.
✨The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu Alayihi wa sallam) said:
“Everything has a reality, and the servant will not reach the reality of faith until he knows that what afflicted him could never miss him, and that what missed him could never have afflicted him.”
(Ahmad saheeh by al-Albaani)
✨And he (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) said:
“Know that if the whole community were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with anything, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you.
The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”
(at-Tirmidhi saheeh by al-Albaani)
2. REMAIN where you are (Coronavirus)
If your in the place of the epidemic, stay there.
And if you’re not in the place of the epidemic, stay away and do not go there.
✨ The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu Alayihi wa sallam) said:
“The plague is a calamity (or a punishment) that was sent upon the Children of Israel, or upon those who came before you.
If you hear of it in some land, do not go there, and if it breaks out in a land where you are, do not leave, fleeing from it.”
[al-Bukhaari (3473) and Muslim (2218)]
This rule applies to any other contagious epidemic diseases (Coronavirus).
3. Read your morning and evening adhkaar (Coronavirus)
If we read the adhkaar that the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu Alayihi wa sallam) told us to read every morning and every evening, we will be in the protection of Allah against ALL kinds of harm such as black magic, evil eye, diseases and sicknesses (Coronavirus).
These adhkaar are like a FORTRESS surrounding us from all sides and PROTECTING us with the permission of Allah.
✨ Ibn al-Qayyim said,
“The morning and evening adhkar play the role of a shield; the thicker it is the more its owner will not be affected.
Rather, its strength can reach to such an extent that the arrow shot at it will bounce back to affect the one who shot it.”
✨ Shaykh Uthaymeen said,
“The morning and evening adhkar are a stronger fortress than the wall of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj, for the one who says it while his heart is present.
✨ Ibn Katheer said,
“Wear the ‘coat’ of adhkar so it can protect you from the evils of humans and jinns.
And cover your souls with istighfar so it can erase the sins of the night and day.”
✨ Some of the adhkaar are:
a) Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan (radhi Allahu anhu) said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) say:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
‘Bismillah illadhi la yadurru ma’a ismihi shay’un fi’l-ard wa la fi’l-sama’ wa huwa al-Samee’ ul-‘Aleem’
(In the name of Allaah with Whose name nothing can harm on earth or in heaven, and He is the All-Hearing, All-Knowing)’,
THREE times, will not be stricken with a sudden affliction until morning comes, and whoever says them when morning comes will not be stricken with a sudden affliction until evening comes.”
(Abu Dawood -Saheeh by al-Albaani)
b) A man came to the Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) and said:
“O Messenger of Allaah, I was stung by a scorpion last night.”
“If you had said, when evening came,
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
A‘oodhu bi kalimaat-Illaah it-taammaati min sharri ma khalaq
“I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created”,
it would not have harmed you.”
c) (Coronavirus) The Prophet Muhmmad sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam said:
“Say: Qul Huwa Allahu ahad [i.e., Soorat al-Ikhlaas] and al-Mu‘awwidhatayn [i.e., Soorat al-Falaq and Soorat an-Naas] three times every evening and every morning, and they will SUFFICE you against everything.”
(at-Tirmidhi (3575); hasan by al-Albaani)
d) Abu’d-Darda’ radhi Allaahu anhu said:
“Whoever says, morning and evening:
حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ، عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ
‘Hasbi Allah, laa ilaaha ill-Allah, ‘alayhi tawwakaltu wa Huwa Rabb ul-‘Arsh il-‘azeem
“Allah is sufficient for me, there is no god but He, in Him have I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne”’, seven times,
Allaah will SUFFICE him against all that concerns him.”
e) Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhi Allahu anhu said:
“The Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) never failed to say these supplications when evening came and when morning came:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ وَأَهْلِي وَمَالِي اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ وَمِنْ خَلْفِي وَعَنْ يَمِينِي وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي
“Allahumma inni as’aluka al-‘aafiyata fi’d-dunya wa’l-aakhirah. Allahumma inni as’aluka al-‘afwa wa’l-‘aafiyata fi deeni wa dunyaaya wa ahli wa maali. Allahumma astur ‘awraati wa aamin raw‘aati. Allahumm ihfazni min bayni yadayya wa min khalfi wa ‘an yameeni wa ‘an shimaali, wa min fawqi, wa a‘oodhu bi ‘azamatika an ughtaala min tahti
“O Allah, I ask You for WELL-BEING in this world and in the Hereafter.
O Allah, I ask You for pardon and well-being in my faith, my worldly affairs, my family and my wealth.
O Allah, conceal my faults and protect me from that which causes me to worry.
O Allah, PROTECT me from before me and from behind me, from my right and from my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in Your greatness lest I be destroyed from beneath me).”
(Abu Dawood (5074) and Ibn Maajah (3871); saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani)
✨ Shaykh Abu’l-Hasan al-Mubaarakfoori said:
“O Allaah, I ask You for well-being” means: Safety from anything that could undermine my faith and from worldly hardships.
It was also said that what is meant is safety from sicknesses and calamities; or not being tested by them, and being granted patience in bearing them and acceptance of the divine decree.
The word ‘aafiyah (well-being) refers to when Allah preserves a person and protects him from that which is disliked, and grants him well-being and protection from troubles and calamities.“
[Mirqaat al-Mafaateeh Sharh Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh (8/139)]
f) Abd ar-Rahmaan ibn Abi Bakrah that he said to his father: O my father, I hear you supplicating every morning (saying),
اللَّهُمَّ عَافِنِي فِي بَدَنِي اللَّهُمَّ عَافِنِي فِي سَمْعِي اللَّهُمَّ عَافِنِي فِي بَصَرِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ
“ O Allah, grant me soundness in my body;
O Allah, grant me soundness in my hearing;
O Allah, grant me soundness in my sight, there is no god but You, and you repeat it three times in the morning and three times in the evening.
He said: Yes, O my son; I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) supplicating with (these words) and I like to follow his Sunnah.”
[Ahmad (19917) and Abu Dawood (5090); chasan by al-Albaani]
And there are others.
4. Make dua to Allaah (Coronavirus)
a) Umar radhi Allaahu anhu said:
“One of the du‘aa’s of the Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) was:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ زَوَالِ نِعْمَتِكَ ، وَتَحَوُّلِ عَافِيَتِكَ ، وَفُجَاءَةِ نِقْمَتِكَ ، وَجَمِيعِ سَخَطِكَ
“Allahumma inni a‘oodhu bika min zawaali ni‘amatika wa tahawwul ‘aafiyatika wa fujaa’ati niqmatika wa jamee‘i sakhatika
“O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the withdrawing of Your blessing, and the loss of the well-being that You granted me, and the sudden onset of Your wrath, and anything that may lead to Your displeasure).”
[Saheeh Muslim (2739)]
✨ An-Nawawi said:
“[The word translated here as] ‘loss’ refers to a change in something and disconnection from something. It is as if he was asking for continual well-being, which is protection from pain and sickness.
[Fayd al-Qadeer (2/140)]
✨ Al-‘Azeemabaadi said:
“the loss of the well-being that You granted me” refers to health being replaced with sickness, and independence of means being replaced with poverty.”
[‘Awn al-Ma‘bood Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood (4/283)]
b) Anas radhi Allahu anhu said that the Prophet Muhammad (Sal Allahu Alayihi wa Sallam) used to say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئْ الْأَسْقَامِ
“Allahumma inni a ‘oodhu bika min al-barasi wa’l-junooni wa’l-judhaami wa min sayyi’ il-asqaam
“O Allaah, I seek refuge with you from leprosy, and from insanity, and from paralysis, and from evil diseases.”
[Ahmad (12592), Abu Dawood (1554) Others saheeh by al-Albaani]
✨ At-Teebi said:
“The reason why he did not seek refuge with Allah from sicknesses in general terms is that some sicknesses may be easy to bear but bring a great deal of reward if one bears them with patience and they are not chronic, such as fevers, headaches and inflammations of the eye. Rather the hadeeth is seeking refuge with Allah from CHRONIC SICKNESS, which can lead a person into a situation where a close friend will flee from him and he will not have many people around him to comfort him and take care of him, and – moreover – may carry a great deal of stigma.”
5. Thank Allaah
The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu Alayihi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever sees a person who is afflicted with some trial and says,
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي عَافَانِي مِمَّا ابْتَلاكَ بِهِ وَفَضَّلَنِي عَلَى كَثِيرٍ مِمَّنْ خَلَقَ تَفْضِيلًا
‘Al-hamdu Lillaah alladhi ‘aafani mimma abtalaaka bihi wa faddalani ‘ala katheer mimman khalaqa tafdeelan
“Praise be to Allah who has spared me that with which He has tested you and has favoured me over many of those whom He has created’ that trial will not befall him.”
[al-Tirmidhi (3432) and Ibn Maajah (3892); saheeh by al-Albaani]
6. When you leave home (Coronavirus)
Say the following dua every time you leave home, and you’ll be protected against ALL harm.
The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu Alayihi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever says – i.e., when he leaves his house,
باسْمِ اللَّهِ ، تَوَكَّلْتُ على اللَّهِ ، وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ باللَّهِ
Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allah, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah
“In the name of Allah, I put my trust in Allah and there is no power and no strength except with Allah” ,
it will be said to him: You are TAKEN CARE of and you are PROTECTED and guided, and the devils will move away from him, and one devil says: What can you do with a man who has been guided, taken care of and protected?
[Abu Dawood (5095) and al-Tirmidhi (3462); saheeh by al-Albaani]
7. Take PRECAUTIONS (Coronavirus)
- -Wash hands frequently
- -Avoid crowded places
- -Cover your cough
- -Use common sense
May Allah protect us all from ALL kinds of diseases, physical and spiritual.
And Allah knows best.