The Coronavirus and Our Response

Summary


The Prophet ﷺ said,

“If you hear that it (the plague) is in a land, do not go there, and if it breaks out in a land where you are, do not leave, fleeing from it.”

– Bukhari


With the current pandemic of the coronavirus, the panic in society is high, as the number of cases of patients with the virus is on the rise.

Due to its seriousness, it is important we consider how this global situation will affect us and what we should do with this new strain of coronavirus.

In this khutba, guidelines to control the spread of the virus were discussed, as well as the advice and adkhaar of our beloved Prophet ﷺ. We were also reminded of the importance of placing our trust in Allah SWT while still ‘tying our camel’ and taking precautionary measures.

Guidelines to Avoid Catching and Spreading the Virus

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly after a long commute; and using hand sanitiser if other options do, never justify your shortcomings.
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  • Wash your hand before eating and after eating, since this is from the actions of the Prophet ﷺ‎ as well.
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  • Increase in general hygiene as well, remember cleanliness is half of faith [Muslim]
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  • Stay at home and self-isolate yourself if you have symptoms of coronavirus including a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or other cold or flu like symptoms.
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  • Whilst we love to greet our brothers and sisters in Islam with Salam by hugging, embracing and shaking hands, with the current situation it would be unwise if we were to continue as normal. Rather it is better for us to reduce physical contact when giving each other Salam to minimise the spread of coronavirus, despite the love it spreads between the Muslims.

Prophetic Advice and Adkhaar

To reiterate the point of self-isolation, if you experience any symptoms of the virus, refer to the hadith at the top, as said by our beloved Prophet ﷺ. A couple of adhkaar for protection against the virus:

  • Morning and Evening Supplications for Protection

    ‘Uthman bin `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “He who recites three times every morning and evening [the dua’a below] nothing will harm him.”

    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 Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All-Knowing

    [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi]

  • Supplication for Disease

    Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet ﷺ used to say:
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    اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ

    Allahumma inni a ‘oodhu bika min al-barasi wa’l-junooni wa’l-judhaami wa min sayyi’ il-asqaam

    O Allah, I seek refuge with you from leprosy, and from insanity, and from paralysis, and from evil diseases

    [Abu Dawood, 1554]

On a positive note, whilst the virus has caused widespread panic, it is a reminder to us, of how weak and powerless us humans are compared to Allah.

For something so small that we cannot even see it with our eyes, something we’d need a microscope to see has gone and caused so much damage and havoc across the world.

Ending Reminder

In times like this, let us reflect on Surah At-Tawbah, Verse 51:

“Say, ‘Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.’ And upon Allah let the believers rely.”

From this verse we can learn that nothing will befall you or me, no illness, no coronavirus unless it be by the will of Allah. Whether we are locked up in self isolation or running outside wild, it is only by the permission of Allah that anything could afflict us, so let’s put our trust in Him.

However, it is important we still take the safety measures to protect ourselves, and our communities, as can be illustrated by the following hadith:

Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported,

 A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Prophet ﷺ, “Tie her and trust in Allah.

[Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2517]