Praise be to Allah.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, with almost 125,000 cases and over 4,000 deaths reported worldwide. In Singapore, mosques are closed for five days for cleaning, as a proactive, preventive measure after 2 Singaporean attendees of a mass religious event tested positive for COVID-19.
As Muslims, it is important to remind ourselves that everything occurs by the will and divine wisdom of Allah s.w.t. When faced with trials and adversities, our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. prayed to Allah s.w.t. through constant invocations with the language of love and servanthood.
We can find many prophetic traditions that not only teach us what to pray but also guidelines on how to pray. Some of the prayers are done routinely, in the morning and in the afternoon, to emphasise the significance and benefits that entail such discipline. Accordingly, in the latest fatwa on precautionary measures in dealing with COVID-19, we have been advised to strengthen our faith in these difficult times and to increase our prayers and supplications to Allah s.w.t, on top of taking preventive measures to help contain this situation.
The beautiful thing is that Allah s.w.t. has promised to respond our call upon Him.
وَقالَ رَبُّكُمُ اُدعُونِي أَستَجِب لَكُم
Your Lord has proclaimed, “Call upon Me, I will respond to you”
(Surah Ghafir, 40:60)
First, let's make dua for those who are sick. In a hadith, Rasulullah s.a.w. said,
“Whoever among you suffers some sickness, or his brother suffers some sickness, let him say: ‘Our Lord Allah Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your will is done in heaven and on earth; as Your mercy is in heaven, bestow it upon the earth. Forgive us of our sins. You are the Lord of the good. Send down some Your mercy and healing upon this pain,’ and he will be healed.”
(Hadith by Imam Abu Daud)
In light of recent events, here are some Supplications (Dua) from the beautiful prophetic tradition to seek well-being and protection from diseases.
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Bismillahil-lazi la yadhurru ma’asmihi syai’un fil ardhi wa la fis-sama’i wa huwas-sami’ul aleem
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
(Sunan Abu Daud)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ
Allahumma inni as’alukal-’afwa wal ‘afiyah fid-dunya wal-akhirah
O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness and my well-being in this world and the Hereafter
(Sunan Ibn Majah)
اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَينِ يَدَيَّ, وَمِنْ خَلْفِي, وَعَنْ يَمِينِي, وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي, وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَن أُْغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي
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
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
(Sunan Ibn Majah)
أَعُوذُ بِكلِمَاتِ الله التّامّاتِ مِن شَرّ مَا خَلَقَ
A’uzu bikalimatillahit-tammaati min syarri ma kholak
I seek protection in the perfect words of Allah from every evil that has been created
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ
Allahumma inni a’uzubika minal baros, wal junuun wal juzzam, wa min sayyi’il-asqam
O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases
(Sunan Abi Daud)
These prayers are encouraged to be read daily, particularly in the morning and in the afternoon.
As part of expressing our servanthood to Allah s.w.t, we are also obliged to put in the right effort to our prayer. Hence, we should actively take the proper steps to prevent such harmful diseases from spreading further. Indeed, Allah s.w.t answers the prayers of those who are truly sincere in seeking His refuge.
Here are some proper steps we may start with, as advised by the Ministry of Health:
In Office of the Mufti’s latest irsyad (religious advisory), here are 4 steps we can take to manage the situation:
1. Pay attention to our health and observe personal hygiene
2. Avoid shaking hands for the time being
3. Ensure our hands are always clean
4. Recite Qunut Nazilah
Let's remain united with all Singaporeans and protect one another by being socially responsible.
May Allah s.w.t. protect us and our loved ones from harmful diseases.
And Allah knows best.