It is a known fact that the world is trembling over the spread of coronavirus pandemic and the number of deaths being recorded from the disease on daily basis is another source of concern to all the countries globally, including the US, UK, France, and Italy.
On March 11, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population over a wide geographic area.
In this article, Legit.ng examines what Islam says about how to prevent coronavirus and other forms of evil diseases.
First of all, Islam teaches that all diseases such as the coronavirus are tests from Allah and a natural part of life. Such diseases afflict whoever Allah allows them to afflict and they take the lives of whomever He has decided to bring to an end. Tests are part of life and should not be surprising for any Muslim when they occur.
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Allah says: “We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives, and crops. But (Prophet) give good news to those who are steadfast.” (Qur’an 2:155)
Anyone who is afflicted with the illness, and is patient, will spiritually benefit from that test. The Prophet said: “Whatever trouble, illness, anxiety, grief, hurt or sorrow afflicts any Muslim, even the prick of a thorn, God removes some of his sins by it.” (Bukhārī 5641).
As Muslims, it is important to remind ourselves that everything occurs by the will and divine wisdom of Allah, the Most High. When faced with trials and adversities, Prophet Muhammad (May the peace of Allah be upon him) prayed to Allah through constant invocations with the language of love and servant-hood.
In dealing with coronavirus, Muslims are advised to strengthen their faith in these difficult times and to increase their prayers and supplications to Allah (swt), to take preventive measures to help contain the situation.
Allah (swt) has promised to respond to call whenever He is being called upon.
وَقالَ رَبُّكُمُ اُدعُونِي أَستَجِب لَكُم
"Your Lord has proclaimed, “Call upon Me, I will respond to you.” (Quran 40:60)
In light of COVID-19, there are some supplications (Dua) from the beautiful prophetic tradition to seek well-being and protection from diseases. These include:
1. Dua for protection against every kind of harm
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Transliteration: "Bismillahil-lazi la yadhurru ma’asmihi syai’un fil ardhi wa la fis-sama’i wa huwas-sami’ul aleem."
Meaning: "In the name of Allah with whose name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in heaven, and He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing."
2. Dua for total protection
اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَينِ يَدَيَّ, وَمِنْ خَلْفِي, وَعَنْ يَمِينِي, وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي, وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَن أُْغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي
Transliteration: "Allahummah-fazni min baini yadaiya, wa min khalfi, wa ‘an yameeni, wa ‘an syimali wa min fauqi, wa a’uzu bi’azomatika an ughtala min tahti."
Meaning: "O Allah protect me from my front, behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in Your Magnificence from being taken unaware from beneath me."
3. Dua for protection from every evil that brings harm
أَعُوذُ بِكلِمَاتِ الله التّامّاتِ مِن شَرّ مَا خَلَقَ
Transliteration: "A’uzu bikalimatillahit-tammaati min syarri ma kholak."
Meaning: "I seek protection in the perfect words of Allah from every evil that has been created."(Sahih Muslim)
4. Dua for protection from diseases
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ
Transliteration: "Allahumma inni a’uzubika minal baros, wal junuun wal juzzam, wa min sayyi’il-asqam."
Meaning: "O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases."(Sunan Abi Daud)
5. Dua for protection from evil diseases
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي عَافَانِي مِمَّا ابْتَلَاكَ بِهِ وَفَضَّلَنِي عَلَى كَثِيرٍ مِمَّنْ خَلَقَ تَفْضِيلً
Transliteration: "Alhamdu lillahil-ladhi aafaani mimmab-talaka bihi wa faddalani ala kathirim-mimman khalaqa tafdeela."
Meaning: "Praise be to Allah who had saved me from what He had afflicted you with, and for honouring me over many of his creations."
The Messenger of Allah said that whoever sees an afflicted person and says the above-mentioned dua would never be afflicted by that particular disease in his life.
However, this Dua’a should be said in secret, in order not to give the person afflicted by it a feeling of pain.
One should also recite the duas to remain protected from the disease and the supplications are encouraged to be read daily, particularly in the morning and in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that in its efforts to cushion the effects of coronavirus lockdown on Nigerians, the federal government has commenced the distribution of palliatives to 600,000 households in Abuja, the nation's capital.
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