An Islamic Perspective: What I understand about the Coronavirus
Understand the Coronavirus from an Islamic perspective
Over the past few months, the Coronavirus has been spreading throughout the World rapidly. Many people have been diagnosed with this disease, and not only is it affecting lives but it is also affecting many events that were to take place e.g film releases, sports events, concerts etc. While many people are conscious about this situation, experts are saying that the vaccine will take about 8-12 months to be prepared fully. Until then, all we can do is wait.
Now coming towards the point, my opinion is that during this time alot of negativity is spreading across the world e.g people are worried, many activities have stopped, the media can not stop talking about the issue etc. The least I think I can do is to talk about the positivity that we can bring from the Coronavirus, only if we understand it from a religous point of view. What I got to know is that it all comes down towards two things many of us tend to forget: equality & death. To understand how, we need to take a deeper look into these two points.
Coronavirus & equality
Just like any disease, the Coronavirus can affect anyone. It has affected people of almost any race, gender and age. While most of you might say that this is an understood statement, but the thing different about the Coronavirus is that it took place in a very short span of time. Now comming to the religous perspective, it is said in Islam, that everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah,so in my opinion this disease is an indication from Him, or you could also call it a reminder. This disease can affect anyone and is affecting many people of different races, showing that it does not care about who it is. The so-called equality agenda that is mostly based on genders nowadays could also be stressed out on the basis of the Coronavirus.
Now after I started looking deeper into the link between Coronavirus and equality, I got to know a thing about justice from God. A few months back, and still now Kashmir was in a horrible situation. People of Kashmir were in lockdown, and could not find any help, or you could say that no one bothered to. Now after finding this out, I now finally understood, what it was like to be in the shoes of the Kashmiri people, and in a state of lockdown.
This connection of irony and revenge allows us to realize that everyone is equal, and should be treated equally, and as long as I know is that equality was not going towards the right direction over the course of the last few months. The only thing I could see was talks, which in my opinion is not enough.
Coronavirus & death
Death is something, no one can escape from. Over time arrogance was starting to develop around the world, because of superiority which began to rise so much in individuals such that if there was no end to their lives. Many people, mostly youngsters commiting sins such as school shootings, looting & robbing, forgot that there was an end to their wordly lives. The Coronavirus proved that point. Death, in my opinion, can come in two ways: out of nowhere & in a slow, harsh way.
Coronavirus, unfortunately contains both these ways. Over a span of a very short time, many people have became ill with COVID-19, many have died and many are still yet to be infected. This started out in China, a mostly atheist country, just to further prove my point. Also it was transmitted because of eating a snake, which is one of the many haram animals in Islam, which the Chinese consume. The Coronavirus makes us realize that we have to die one day, and this life is not everlasting.
Without any other unneccessary BS, I would end my article. I hope you all are safe and are taking safety precautions. Thankyou for your time!
What to do, as a muslim, in this situation?
The simple answer that we can give to the Coronavirus is with patience and salah. This is the best way to gain Allah's help and mercy. We can be patient by staying silent and remembering Allah. Salah should be done with good intentions, and not carelessly, as Allah does not like hasty Salahs. Along with patience and salah, we should also take safety measures, such as Wudu and Ghusl. These are very benefitial as they contain shifa'a. Both of these should also be done with good intentions, and should not be done carelessly. Hope you like my article, Thankyou!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Mohammad Farzam