The Darul Iftaa takes note of the “second strain” of the Covid-19 virus. Many people are ill and are facing challenging times in hospitals breathing through oxygenators and ventilators. It is our heartfelt dua that Allah grant all those are ill and sick complete Shifaa. Aameen.
Sickness is a means of sins being forgiven and attaining closeness to Allah. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has mentioned;
“ما مِنْ مُصِيبَةٍ تُصِيبُ الْمُسْلِمَ إِلاَّ كَفَّرَ اللَّهُ بِهَا عَنْهُ، حَتَّى الشَّوْكَةِ يُشَاكُهَا”
“No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even if it is a prick from a thorn.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5640)
In one Hadith Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has mentioned;
“ مَا يُصِيبُ الْمُسْلِمَ مِنْ نَصَبٍ وَلاَ وَصَبٍ وَلاَ هَمٍّ وَلاَ حُزْنٍ وَلاَ أَذًى وَلاَ غَمٍّ حَتَّى الشَّوْكَةِ يُشَاكُهَا، إِلاَّ كَفَّرَ اللَّهُ بِهَا مِنْ خَطَايَاهُ ”
“No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 5641, 5642)
The Darul Iftaa advises the public to exercise full precaution and to place ones Tawakkul in Allah.
We advise the public to increase Istighfar (Seek forgiveness for ones sins). Istighfar has the potential to remove calamities. Allah says;
فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا (10) يُرْسِلِ السَّمَاءَ عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا (11) وَيُمْدِدْكُم بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَارًا
“Then I said, Ask forgiveness of your Lord, surely He is the most Forgiving. He will send down upon you the cloud, pouring down abundance of rain. And help you with wealth and sons, and make for you gardens, and make for you rivers.”(Surah Nuh: 10-11-12)
We also advise the public to recite Ayat Kareemah.[لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين ] as much as possible. This is the Dua of Yunus (Alaihis salam) whilst he was in the *darkness of the belly of the fish, in the darkness of the night and in the darkness of the ocean*. Allah relieved him from such compound darkness’. This Dua is effective to relieve us from the many darkness’ of Covid-19. InshaAllah.
Now is not the time to deny the reality of the virus which is being experienced by many and has been witnessed as clear as daylight. It is not the time to spread some assumed conspiracy behind the virus. We are living in a world of means, cause and effect. We are responsible to deal with an issue before us to the best of our ability. We do not know whether this Covid-19 is natural or manmade. Allah Alone has the absolute knowledge of the reality of the Covid-19. We are only obligated to deal with what is before us and not what is hidden from us.
The next few months before Ramadhan are crucial. Make dua that Allah keep us safe and keep our Masajid open forever.
More importantly, make Dua that Allah save us from the virus of backbiting, calling names etc. that kills ones spirituality. The virus of spiritual sickness and spreading hatred and animosity is worse than the virus we are experiencing.
We appeal to one and all to fear Allah and exercise restraint. We should learn the following dua and take note of its meaning when faced with the challenges of our nafs;
يا حي يا قيوم برحمتك أستغيث ، أصلح لي شأني كله ، ولا تكلني إلى نفسي طرفة عين
“O the Everlasting, O the Sustainer. I seek aid through your Mercy, rectify for me all my affairs and do not leave me to myself even for the blink of an eye.” (Al-Sunan al-Kubra: 6/147)
It is part of controlling our nafs that we tolerate legitimate differences of opinions. We should not insist on our view being absolutely correct.
My beloved teacher and Sheikh Hadhrat Mufti Ahmed Khanpoori Sahib Mudda Zilluhu offered me sound advice regarding differences of opinions. He stated that in legitimate differences of opinions, one should adopt the following attitude;
“نہ مجھ پر وحی آئی ، نہ ان پر وحی آئی “
“Neither was wahi revealed upon me, nor was wahi revealed upon them.”
May Allah save us from falling prey to our nafs and using Shariah to advance the cause of our nafs. Aameen
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah – Durban, South Africa