Words of encouragement by Qari Sauleh Peck 

As Muslims we should try to be positive at times of difficulty by having good thoughts towards our creator Allah Ta’ala.

Rasoolullah ﷺ states in a prophetic tradition that Allah says:

انا عند ظن عبدي بي

‘I deal with my servant according to his expectations of me’.

We should have high hopes from Allah’s mercy that He will soon grant ease from the present difficulties experienced globally in sha Allah.

If any person or family has been affected with the current pandemic, we should firstly turn to Allah in dua for their recovery. We should avoid becoming paranoid by trying to find reasons to blame someone, thereby giving the impression that those affected have some type of stigma or are guilty of negligence.

Allah says:

ما اصاب من مصيبة الا باذن الله

No calamity befalls anyone except with the permission of Allah.

ومن يومن بالله يهد قلبه

He who believes in Allah, Allah will guide his heart.

Those affected should turn to Allah via Sabr and forbearance and know that Allah has promised the greatest of rewards for those who are patient during times of adversity. They sometimes reach high stages in Jannah due to patients, which under normal circumstances they would be unable to achieve.

We should all be turning to Allah with zikr and dua by engaging in the recitation of prophetic duas.

Rasoolullah ﷺ stated that whoever recites the following dua thrice in the morning and evening, will be saved from calamities.

اعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ….

بِسْم اللهِ الَّذِيْ لا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الاَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَ هُوَ السَّمِيْعُ العَلِيْم…

We recite Hasbulallahu wa ni’mal wakeel as much as possible which is a supplication made by the honourable Sahabah at the time of need.

حَسْبُنَا اللّهُ وَ نِعْمَ الْوَكِيْل

We should make abundant istighfaar and seek forgiveness for our sins.

Rasoolullah ﷺ said:

The person who seeks forgiveness abundantly, Allah will grant him an escape from every difficulty, ease from every worry and sustenance from where he least expects.

Lastly, we all should adopt the necessary precautions and guidelines that have been advocated by health professionals and this can easily be achieved by practicing on the pure Sunnah of Rasoolullah ﷺ in our daily activities.

May Allah protect us and grant ease to all those who have been affected.

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