Spiritual Advices | Time – A Most Valuable Commodity of a Believer During ‘Lockdown’


Spiritual Advices | Time – A Most Valuable Commodity of a Believer During ‘Lockdown’

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions in the Quraan-e-Kareem :

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But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you [Surah Baqarah 2:216]

From this Ayaah we understand that when we experience adverse conditions in life, there may be some favourable conditions hidden in it. Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala knows best. We also understand, that we should always be positive and search for positive components within a negative situation.

During this ‘lockdown period‘, whilst we are restricted in worldly interactions, we are not locked down in terms of our Deeni duties. In fact, we have been unchained from worldly interactions and should take the opportunity of the free time to fulfil some of our religious duties.


Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions in the Quraan-e-Kareem :

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By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds [Surah Al Asr 103:1/2/3]

Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has mentioned time as a most valuable commodity of a Believer and has given us this ‘free time as a test’. Use this time correctly. Indeed man is at a loss and does not use his time correctly. Everyone is at a loss with the exception of those people who bring Imaan or they practice on the dictates of their Imaan and do righteous deeds.

This Surah is so comprehensive that the renowned scholar Imaam Shafi’ee Rahmatullah Alayh stated that if nothing but this Surah was revealed, it would have been sufficient for the guidance of man. Life is actually time. One poet explains the reality of life in the following two couplets:

????? ????? ??? ?????….??? ??? ???? ?????? ?? ????

Translation: Your life comprises of a few breaths that can be counted;

As one breath goes out, one part of your life has diminished.

Your life is but a few breaths. Every breath we take is one part of our life, and with every one of those breaths one part of our life is decreasing“. Similarly, the 21 days of the lockdown period is like a block of ice. Just like ice melts away quickly, so too will these 21 days pass by very soon. After 21 days we should analyse our actions and deeds and not have any regrets of wasting our time.

Use this time wisely and attain closeness to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala. Increase your Tilawah (recitation) of the Quraan-e-Kareem ; Perform your Salaah on time ; Make the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala ; Perform Ishraaq and Chast Salaah ; Spend quality time with your family.

May Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala grant us Taufeeq and Hidaayah, to value our time and to use it to make RujooillAllah and Inaabat illallah (turning to Allah Ta’ala in repentance, obedience and supplication) and not be regretful and waste our time in a state of Ghaflah (heedlessness).




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Spiritual Advices | Exercise Precaution – Negligence is Sin


Spiritual Advices | Exercise Precaution – Negligence is Sin


Abu Huraira reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said,

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Be devout and you will be the most pious of people. Be content and you will be the most grateful of people. Love for people what you love for yourself and you will be a believer. Behave well with your neighbours and you will be a Muslim. Laugh less, for too much laughter will deaden the heart.” [Sunan Ibn M?jah 4217]




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Spiritual Advices | The Blessings of Good Health and Free Time


Spiritual Advices | The Blessings of Good Health and Free Time


Ibn ‘Abbas RadiyAllahu Anhu narrated that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:

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“Two favours that many of the people squander are health and free time.” 

[Sahih al-Bukhari 6412]


Dua for Good Health and Good Character [Physical and Spiritual Goodness]

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to supplicate :

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“Oh Allah, I ask You for health, restraint, trustworthiness, good character and contentment with the decree.” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 307]




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CoronaVirus | Should Congregational Salaah Continue?




Please can the honourable Ulama provide some proactive guidance on what steps one should take in light of the Coronavirus – Covid19 outbreak and address potential concerns that people may have in terms of congregating at Masaajid?

The virus can remain asymptomatic for around 14 days and other in other cases researchers suggest that the incubation period may even be up to 24 to 27 days before symptoms such as fever, cough and respiratory issues become apparent. Besides those with evident signs and diagnosed with the virus being contagious, it does not rule out that those in the asymptomatic stage may also be contagious but to a lower degree. The virus is spread or caught – if Allah permits – via droplets in the air.

Taking into consideration that this virus based upon existing trends and reports has substantial potential to spread rapidly in the community; should otherwise healthy or asymptomatic individuals take precaution and offer some of their congregational prayers at home and limit their attendance and praying in public Masaajid settings? Except understandably Jumu’ah,Taraweeh & Eid prayers unless an individual has been advised to self-isolate based upon medical professional assessment or advice.

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The Islamic Perspective of CoronaVirus and Useful Guidelines



The Islamic Perspective of CoronaVirus and Useful Guidelines

It is our belief that every virus, epidemic and sickness is decreed only by Allah. An epidemic does not spread by itself. This is understood from the following Hadith: 

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Translation: It is narrated from Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu) that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “There is no transitive disease and no evil omen ………” (Sahih Al- Bukhari: 5757)

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Translation : Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “there is no transitive disease”. A Bedouin got up and said, “Don’t you see how camels on the sand look like deer but when a camel with scabies mixes with them, they all get infected with scabies?” On that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Then who conveyed the disease to the first camel?” (Sahih Al- Bukhari: 5775)

It is clear from the above Ahadith that an epidemic/virus does not independently spread. It is decreed by Allah and spreads by the will of Allah. 

We live in a world of apparent cause and effect. Allah has created an apparent cause for the epidemic/virus to spread. 

During the rule of Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu), a sever plague broke out in Syria (Shaam) which claimed the lives of thousands of people. If a Muslim passes away in a plague/epidemic, he will be considered a Shaheed (martyr).

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Hereunder are some Islamic guidelines on what we should do in our circumstance of the Corona Virus : 

1. Correct our belief/ Aqidah:

It is our belief that every condition is decreed by Allah. Allah Ta’ala says:

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Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Maula (Lord, Helper and Protector). And in Allah let the believers put their trust. (Surah Taubah: 51)

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No calamity befalls (one), but with the leave/permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart. And Allah is All-Knowing about all things. (Al- Taghabun: 11)

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This is a test of our Iman. We should submit to the will of Allah. Allah Ta’ala states:

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And We will surely test you with some fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits (investments etc.) … (Al- Baqarah: 155)


2. Travels:

One should not travel to countries where there is a high risk of being infected by the virus nor should people who are infected by the virus flee from places that are infected by the virus.

This is understood from the following Ahadith: 

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Sa’ad (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates from Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; and if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave from it.” (Sahih Al- Bukhari: 5728)

If possible, as a matter of precaution, it is advisable to abandon all travel plans. 


3. Taharah and Cleanliness:

Shariah has emphasised on cleanliness and purity. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam says:

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Abu Malik Al- Ash’ari (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Cleanliness is half of faith” (Sahih Muslim: 223)

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It has been narrated from Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu) that: Whenever Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam would sneeze, he would cover his mouth with his hand or a piece of cloth. (Sunan Al-Tirmidhi: 2745)


4. Disinfectants from Shariah

Coronavirus has been classified as an airborne disease. One possible way of preventing the virus from spreading is to disinfect the air with Loban and similar disinfectants.

This is understood from the following Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam :

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Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam states, ‘Fumigate your houses with Loban, Murr (type of grass) and Sa’tar (pleasant smelling plant)’ (Al- Matalibul Aliyah, 2448)

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A man came to Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu), he complained of having a weak memory. Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied: Make use of Loban, for verily it strengthens the heart and enhances the memory. (At- Tibun Nabawi, 647)

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Yahya bin Khalid states, two items that strengthen the brain, consuming a dry fig and the fumes of burnt Loban. (Al- Mujalash: 2348)

Loban is the resin of a tree, Styrax Benzoin. It is extracted by making an incision on the stem of the tree; the secreted liquid is collected dried and sold for usage. It is the source of Benzoin acid, when burnt, its fumes are used as a deodorant and as an antiseptic in sick rooms and hospitals. The fumigation of Loban serves as a good insect repellent, antiseptic and fights epidemics. 


5. Turn to Allah Ta’ala with Dua and seeking forgiveness (Istighfar) and offer Sadaqah: 

When we experience any calamity, we should address it from a practical dimension as well as from a spiritual dimension. While the world Health Organizations are researching the cause of the Coronavirus and its cure, the Ummat should also engage in Dua and seek forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala. This virus could attack anyone at any time. Making Istighfar invokes the mercy of Allah and changes negative conditions into positive conditions.

This is stated in the following verses of the Quran: 

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…. Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. ‘He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. (Surah Nuh: 10 – 12)


We advise the following Dua be recited as much as possible:

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“Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-barasi, wal- jununi, wal-judhami, wa sayyi’il-asqami’

“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, insanity, elephantiasis (type of skin disease), and evil diseases.” (Abu Dawood: 1554)


Also, we should try to offer Sadaqah. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam says:

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Anas (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: Hasten in giving Sadaqah, for verily calamity will not pass Sadaqah (Sunan Al- Kubra: 7831)


6. Don’t discriminate against people who are infected:

Whilst we take precaution in safeguarding ourselves from the virus, we should not stigmatize those affected with the virus. Be careful with our conduct and behavior. We should feel sorry for those that are affected and make Dua for them. Don’t conduct ourselves in a way that makes the Chinese people or anyone affected uncomfortable. Use the opportunity to display the beautiful ethics of Islam as a form of Dawah. 

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Abdullah bin ‘Amr (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam was never obscene or coarse. The Prophet would say, “Verily, the best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.” (Sahih Al- Bukhari: 3559)

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Aishah (Radiyallahu Anha) narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Verily, the believer may reach by his good character the rank of one who regularly fasts and stands for prayer at night.” (Sunan Abi Dawood: 4798)

It is our heartfelt Dua that Allah Ta’ala have mercy upon us and remove this Coronavirus calamity from us. Aameen. 

It is now the time to turn towards Allah with Dua and Zikr. Allah alone has power over everything. 

Allah Ta’ala says: 

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And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them. He creates what He wills, and Allah has power over all things. (Al- Ma’idah: 17)

Indeed, Allah is in charge. Allah is in control of everything. 

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