What are the lessons we can learn from coronavirus epidemy?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

Are lessons learned from an invisible virus that affects the whole world? Yes, there are lessons that we can learn from every being, from an atom to the sun. “Behold! In this is a sign for those who believed” (al-Hijr, 75)

Here are some lessons we can learn from this virus for our souls:

1. I must keep away from shirk (polytheism), which is not forgiven.

Firstly, I must not regard my soul as a deity. Causes are only veils for Allah’s power. Even a leaf will not fall if Allah does not wish. Everything says, Bismillahirrahmanirrahim in their tongue of disposition. That is, everything says, “I act on behalf of Allah, for Allah and with His name, permission and power.”

Nothing, including this virus, is excluded from it.

2. I must not fall into despair.

Down with despair! Long live hope!

“Despair not of the Mercy of Allah.” (az-Zumar,53)

In that case, I will never fall into despair and give way to despair.

3. I must work by giving up laziness.

“That man can have nothing but what he strives for.” (an-Najm, 39)

4. I must walk around with my equipment.

The equipment of a believer is wudu and dua (supplication). The greatest supplication is prayer (salah), which is the essence of all deeds of worship.  

“Those who humble themselves in their prayers.” (al-Muminun, 2)

5. I must rely on Allah.

“Man is helpless and exposed to numerous misfortunes. He is indigent, and his needs are numerous. He is weak, and the burden of life is most heavy. If he does not rely on the Omnipotent One of Glory, place his trust in Him and confidently submit to Him, his conscience will always be troubled” “Reliance does not mean to abandon causes completely.”

It means to wait for the result from Allah after acting in full compliance with causes. I will leave the decision to Allah after taking all measures I can take for this virus.

“For those who put their trust should put their trust on Allah.” (Ibrahim, 12)

6. I must continue conveying the message of Islam.

I must start to convey the message of Islam to myself and my relatives first.  “Since my soul commands to evil, one who does not reform his own soul cannot reform others. In which case, I shall begin with my own soul.” I must convey the message of Islam with my life, tongue and pen.  

7. I must give importance to zakah and sadaqah (alms and charity)

“Give sadaqah; treat your patients with sadaqah. Sadaqah definitely prevents misfortunes and diseases. Sadaqah also helps to lengthen your life and increase your good deeds.” (Kanzul-Ummal, h. no: 16113)

8. I must avoid greed and stinginess.

“Licit sustenance comes not in accordance with power and will, but proportionately to powerlessness and want.” “There is no right for the son of Adam in other than these things: A house which he lives in, a garment which covers his nakedness, and containers to put bread and water.” (Tirmidhi, Zuhd 30)

“Son of Adam says, ‘My wealth, my wealth’. O Son of Adam! What have you got except what you eat and use up, what you put on and wear out, and what you give as sadaqah (charity) and store the reward for yourself?” (Muslim, Zuhd 3-4)

9. I must love all my believing brothers.

I must not forget that our upper identity is Islam. I must use my love properly.

“You have the right to say, ‘My way is right and the best’. But you do not have the right to say, ‘Only my way is right’.”

“The believer loves and should love his brother, and is pained by any evil he sees in him. He attempts to reform him not with harshness but gently.”

 

10. I must not regard my soul as my guide.

Our guide is the Quran, the Sunnah and the scholars who act in the light of the Quran and the Sunnah.

11. I must use my feeling of fear appropriately.

“One of the strongest and most basic emotions in man is the sense of fear. Scheming oppressors profit greatly from the vein of fear.”

Death is certain. The time of death does not change. Diseases are only reasons for death. Azrail (the angel of death) is also a reason.

“He Who created Death and Life.” (al-Mulk, 2)

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