With the WHO declaring that the Coronavirus Covid-19 is a pandemic, countries are getting into quarantines. More than 125,000 Corona cases announced people are getting more terrified by the day.
Schools have closed in many countries, office doors are shut, and employees are asked to work from home. The Saudi government regularly closes down Mecca Haram for daily sanitization, even in the Muslim world. What should we do as Muslims to deal with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Get informed About CoronaVirus
While the CoronaVirus is a massive challenge: medical, political, social, and economic, catching it is not easy. Moreover, frequent and careful handwashing is the most effective way to stop the virus from being transmitted.
To be considered at high risk of catching the coronavirus, you need to live with or have direct physical contact with someone infected, coughed or sneezed on by them (or pick up a used tissue). Or be in face-to-face communication, within two meters, for more than 15 minutes. Hence, we’re not talking about passing someone in the street.
Islam is against living in fear or spreading terror. However, protecting oneself, which is an Amanah (trust) and a blessing from Allah, is a duty.
ولا تلقوا بأيديكم إلى التهلكة
“And do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction. Al Baqarah 2:195
A story about Omar Ibn Al Khattab and how he dealt with ‘The Plague’ (Attaoon)
Ibn ‘Abbas (R.A.) reported: ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) set out for Ash-Sham (the region comprising Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan) as he reached Sarah (a town by the side of Hijaz). He came across the governor of Al-Ajnad, Abu ‘Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah (R.A.), and his companions.
They informed him that an epidemic had broken out in Syria. Omar called for the early immigrants (Al Muhajerin) and Al Ansar (The Helpers) to consult them on what to do, Whether to proceed with the army or retreat to their homes.
Some of them said: “You have set forth to fight the enemy, and therefore you should not go back. At the same time, some of them said: “As you have along with you many eminent Companions of Messenger of Allah (PBUH). We would not advise you to set forth to the place of the plague (and thus expose them deliberately to a danger).
The Decision of Umar R.A.:
Coronavirus Umar (R.A.) announced to the people: “In the morning, I intend to go back. And I want you to do the same.” Abu ‘Ubaidah bin Al-Jarrah (R.A.) said: “Are you going to run away from the Divine Decree?” Thereupon ‘Umar (R.A.) said: “O Abu ‘Ubaidah! Had it been someone else to say this.” (‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) did not like to differ with him).
He said: “Yes, we are running from the Divine Decree to the Divine Decree. What do you think if you have camels and you happen to get down a valley having two sides? One is covered with foliage (plants), and the other is barren (infertile land). Will you not act according to the Divine Decree if you graze (feed) them in vegetative land? In case you graze them in the barren land. Even then, you will be doing so according to the Divine Decree.
There happened to come ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Auf. Who had been absent for some of his needs? He said: I know about it. I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying,
“If you get wind of the plague outbreak in a land, you should not enter it. But if it spreads in the land where you are, you should not depart from it.”
Thereupon ‘Umar bin Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) praised Allah and returned.
Source: Riyadh Assalehin Hadith 1791- Al Bukhari and Muslim
Besides, the above Hadeeth proves that the Prophet (PBUH) has been a pioneer in calling for a complete quarantine of epidemic diseases. People are not allowed to enter or leave an infected area/country. Recently, people might have been infected, yet showing no visible symptoms, is proven. Hence, people are not supported to leave their area to contain the Coronavirus and not spread it.
Take your Precautions For Covid-19
Anas ibn Malik 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, peace and blessings are upon him, said,
“Tie her and trust in Allah.”
Following hygienic precautions is mandatory for us to protect ourselves and our families from the CoronaVirus (Covid-19)
- Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue to hand, cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.
- Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- If visiting live markets in affected areas, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces that have been in contact with animals.
- If you have returned from an infected area and develop a high temperature, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or difficulty breathing, do not leave your home until a doctor has advised you.
Dua for protection from disease CoronaVirus
We’ve been blessed with treasures to protect ourselves from any harm. Such as reciting the morning and evening supplications and other Quranic dua.
Therefore“ Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.”
“بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ”.
Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-‘ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee ‘ul- ‘Aleem .
In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name, nothing can cause harm in the earth nor the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
Abu Dawud 4/323, At-Tirmidhi 5/465, Ibn Majah 2/332, Ahmad. Ibn Majah’s chain of transmission is good (Hasan), Ibn Baz, p. 39.
أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
A’oothu bikalimaatil-laahit-taammaati min sharri maa khalaqa.
I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of what He has created.
Allaahumma anta rabbi laa ilaaha illa anta alaika tawakkaltu, wa anta rabbul arshil kareemi. Ma shaa Allahu kaana, wamaa lam yasha`lam yakun, wala haula wala quwwata illa billahil aliyil azeem. A`lamu annallaha alaa kulli shayin qadeer, wa annallaha qad ahata bikulli shayin ilma. Allaahumma innee aaoozubika min sharri nafsi, wa min sharri kulli daa abbatin anta aakhizum bina siyatihaa inna rabbi alaa siratim mustaqeem.
O Allah, You are my Lord. There is no God but You. I put my trust in You, the Lord of the Mighty Throne. Whatever Allah wills will happen, and what He does will not occur. There is no power or strength except Allah, the Exalted, the Mighty. I know that Allah has control over all things, and Allah comprehends all things in knowledge. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the evil of myself and the evil of all creatures under your control. Indeed the right way is my Sustainer’s way.
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