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Coronavirus Pandemic - Tips from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

The world today faces a nearly unprecedented situation, with widespread fear in the face of the novel coronavirus which first appeared in China and has since spread to other countries. The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency. As Muslims, it is our duty to learn how we can respond to this crisis from a genuine Islamic perspective. ISLAM AND HEALTH Islam is a religion that celebrates health: of body, mind and soul. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us to pray to Allah to bless us with health and grace; and also said that whoever is blessed with health and grace possesses the best things ever. Islam teaches us that our bodies are a trust; it is our duty to preserve them. The Islamic way of life stresses good hygiene & taking care of our bodies, minds and souls by developing good habits. The Quran tells us that in so far as Allah has forbidden certain things, He has done so because they are harmful for us and/or our community

Is Coronavirus Divine Punishment? Dr. Yasir Qadhi

A lot of people are forwarding messages from scholars (or others) who are claiming that the coronavirus spreading in the city of Wuhan is a Divine Punishment upon the Chinese people for what is happening to the Uighurs. This type of categorical declaration is not only unbefitting from a theological perspective, but it is also unbecoming from a humanitarian perspective. SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF ALLAH No one amongst us is qualified to speak on behalf of Allah. We are not in a position to declare why something is happening or to link a general tragedy to a specific evil. And we are not demonstrating mercy when we claim all the people being subjugated to this are being punished for a crime most of them have nothing to do with. Imagine if (may Allah protect all of us!) something happened in your city and to your family, and others said this was because of something your government did! HADITH ABOUT PLAGUE Rather, we say as the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) said, whe

Deadly Coronavirus - Here is How to Protect Yourself

In recent years, health professionals around the world have become increasingly concerned with the spread of infectious diseases. Outbreaks of coronavirus, swine flu, avian (bird) flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) mean that infectious diseases have taken on a global context and are now on the agenda of world leaders and health policymakers alike. Islam is a holistic belief system and it takes into account the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of individuals and societies. Although care of the individual is important, safeguarding communities, including its weakest members, is of paramount importance. More than 1400 years ago, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, thought his followers hygiene practices that are still applicable in the 21st century. Islam is referred to as the religion of cleanliness. “ Truly, God loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves.” (Quran 2:222) Infection control in Islam include

5 Things We Can Learn from Living in Quarantine

The adhan being called out in Kuwait asking people to stay at home rather than to “hurry to the prayer,” sent shockwaves throughout the Muslim ummah. A video depicted the eeriness of the adhan being called out to the motionless desert city. When the muezzin called out the final “Allahu Akbar,” his voice cracked with emotion. That moment cemented the direness of the COVID-19 situation. The key to us changing our lives with as little discomfort as possible is to accommodate the inevitable. But in contrast to my pain, I felt an immense sense of pride too. How comforting it is to know that our deen has allowed this concession in these extraordinary times. We might not know much about this disease; it caught many of us unaware, but what we do know is that the whole world will be changed by this virus. If you’re voluntarily practicing social distancing or on a government lockdown, your daily routine has taken a huge hit. Your whole family is at home together, yet this definitely

Dealing With The Coronavirus – An Islamic Perspective

Allah has created this world in such a way that not only do we experience moments of comfort and joy, but also difficulties and hardships. We as believers accept that everything that happens, whether good or bad, is the result of the Decree of the Almighty Allah. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has stated, Know that whatever has afflicted you was not to miss you, and whatever has missed you was not to afflict you... (Abu Dawud) Whilst the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID19) has brought about a sense of fear and panic amongst many, a true believer will have complete faith in his Creator and firmly believe that everything is from Allah and that He is All-Wise, hence in whatever He does lies goodness for us. Through this belief, one will find solace and peace in regards to the current situation. SEVEN TOOLS OF A BELIEVER Alongside this firm belief, a believer possesses seven tools which give him protection from all harms and provides peace of mind and contentment of the heart

How should Muslims Respond to the Coronavirus

The Corona Virus has officially been declared as a worldwide pandemic and many around the world are searching for guidance. As Muslims, here are a few things to keep in mind as we prepare ourselves for the onset of what’s to come. 1. DON’T PANIC First off، don’t panic. Panic will only escalate fears and reduce our ability to respond effectively to the situation. In fact, we’ve seen multiple instances where panic generates more harm than benefit, whereby people are wiping out shelves in supermarkets and hoarding items for themselves. These actions are not only very selfish but are considered very sinful in Islam. 2. BE PREPARED While it’s important to avoid panicking, this, however, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the necessary precautions to prepare ourselves for what’s to come. As the Prophet (pbuh) taught us “ اعقلها وتوكل ” , which essentially reminds us to take by the necessary means while at the same time placing our full trust in Allah swt. As Muslims, we should fo

A Muslim’s Guide To Surviving Isolation and Quarantine

Are you overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed out as you spend your time in isolation? The reality is that most of us are uncertain and worried as to how we will survive the days ahead, let alone a potential lockdown. But before you do panic, here are a few things to keep in mind to help you make it through. 1. SOCIAL MEDIA DISTANCING With all the hysteria and drama taking place at the moment, it’s so easy to be swept into the social media frenzy that comes along with it. While it’s important to be informed, we should be careful not to be dragged into mindlessly scrolling through news feeds, sharing non-beneficial content and involving ourselves in debates we have no business to be in. So while you are busy practicing social distancing, let’s begin practicing social media distancing. Not only will this free up your day for useful activities, but it will also help relieve your mind from anxiety and stress. 2. QUARANTINE VS QURAN TIME While spending your hours in Quarantin

Allah Will Cure Your Heart, Turn to Him

Darkness in the heart brings sadness; darkness in the heart brings depression and stress. But light (nur) brings happiness; light brings comfort; it brings calmness and tranquility. We have the wrong understanding of comfort and tranquility. We think that money is happiness, and we think that power is happiness; but no one is happy with just money and fame. We hear every single day that the richest people commit suicide. Why? The most famous people are on drugs. Why? If they’re happy, why do they go on drugs for? If they’re happy with the money, why do they commit suicide? Dunya is their worry. Dunya is their stress and concern. PLEASE ALLAH, HE WILL CURE YOUR HEART But as a believer, your concern every single day is how to please Allah. You sleep the best sleep, you wake up the best, you eat the best, and your heart is the best. When you please Allah, He puts happiness in your heart. When you please Allah, He makes you content and brings you satisfaction. And when you p

Prophet Muhammad’s Best Advice for Infection Control

We are going to examine some of the advice Prophet Muhammad gave his followers from the perspective of secular information and knowledge. And in doing so, we will see that Prophet Muhammad was indeed a man for all seasons. He was a person that was very successful in many different activities. Emulating him is probably the wisest piece of advice you or I will ever get. QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION During his lifetime, Prophet Muhammad advised his followers not to travel to places known to be afflicted by illness and told those who were ill to stay at home and not spread the disease further afield. He said: If you hear that there is a plague in a land, do not enter it; and if it (plague) visits a land while you are there, do not leave it. [1] Prophet Muhammad also advised sick people not to visit healthy people. [2] Across the globe, in the 21st century, health authorities take Prophet Muhammad’s wise advice every day. Today public health authorities rely on two strategies to

Coronavirus: Safety Precautions from the Quran and Sunnah

QUESTION? I am terrified about the spread of the coronavirus. How can I protect myself? Are there any specific Quran verses or duas I can say? WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS? The WHO has declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak of coronavirus (CoV) originated in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The coronavirus has caused the death of more than 100 persons so far and the injury of more thousands. CORONAVIRUS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FROM THE QURAN AND SUNNAH Islam has a unique way of dealing with the outbreak of diseases in two stages. i.e. before and after the outbreak of the disease. BEFORE THE OUTBREAK OF THE DISEASE Islam calls its followers to protect themselves against diseases through the following guidelines: 1- One of the objectives of the Shariah is the preservation of the soul. Therefore, everyone must take all necessary measures to protect themselves against any harm. PURIFICATION 2-