Life Lessons To Learn From The Novel Coronavirus – An Islamic Perspective

The novel coronavirus is taking a toll on your lives these days! It made us realize the importance of the things that we all took for granted. Being outdoors seems like a dream now. Going to the stores to get groceries seems like going to the war zone. Travel, both international and domestic seems impossible now!⁣⁣ Amidst all these unavoidable situations, there are few life lessons to learn from Coronavirus and the situation today.

Life lessons I learned from the Corona virus

Life keeps teaching us things all the time. All we need to learn these lessons is to have an eye and mind for it. I’m jotting down a few life lessons that I learned from the current situation and the lockdown.

1. Health is wealth

Nothing is more important than health. No matter how wealthy you are, eventually, everything boils down to being healthy. Wealth cannot be relished if you are not healthy! So focus on being healthy instead of running behind wealth.

Also, avoid stress, slow down, look at the present and enjoy it before you lose it. Give time to your family. Having a good family life will help you in dealing with stress.

Health is the best of blessings.

Imam Ali ibn Talib.

Of course, as Muslims, we strongly believe in the power of du’a. Pray to Allah The Almighty to ease this situation and protect you from all the calamities. Pray for a happy and healthy life.

2. Have a backup plan

Many people are losing their jobs because of the virus these days. Businesses and the stock market are going down. A very important lesson learned from the current situation is to always have a plan B ready. Have emergency savings to avoid financial stress. Also do not put all your eggs in one basket and have a backup for everything in life.

Everything that a person intends to do in the future, or resolves to do, or hopes to achieve, is based on hope, and hope is what motivates people to do things.  As a believer, take the means, plan your affairs and put your trust in Allah, and seek His help. Allah The Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning):

“… So worship Him and put your trust in Him…”

Surah Hood [11:123]

3. Sharing is caring

A hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says that a voice was once heard commanding a cloud to irrigate a man’s garden. When the man was asked what he did with the garden, he replied that he estimated the produce of his garden. Then he distributed one-third to charity, kept one-third for himself and his family, and invested one-third back into the garden – Sahih Muslim 7112.

Just as Allah (SWT) sent a cloud for this man who gave to the poor, Allah will also provide for us in miraculous ways if we give what we love for the pleasure of Allah and in the service of mankind. As the hadith beautifully illustrates, Allah replaces what we give and multiplies it.

The notion of giving, especially giving and helping those in need, is so entrenched in Islam. And in times like these, solidarity is more important than ever. This situation might have affected us a tiny bit but for the daily wagers, petty workers and the poor people the effect is immense. Share whatever is in your capacity because sharing makes you and the person you share with happy. And if it is done for seeking the pleasure of Allah, the reward is immense. So share as much as you can!

4. Life is Temporary

Islam teaches us that this life is temporary. It will someday come to an end for us and for the entire humanity altogether, but the Hereafter is eternal. The realities of Paradise and Hellfire will last forever. So our most important goal in this life should be preparing ourselves for the Hereafter by performing good deeds.

The current situation is the illustration of how temporary this world is. Allah SWT made the world halt with a small virus that is not even visible to the human eye. So be humble and grateful for all the moments you have.

5. Stay Positive

I know it’s hard! With all the chaos going on it’s difficult to look for positivity. But remember, no matter how negative it is, you can always find a spark of light. Our thoughts have a powerful ability to determine our feelings and emotional states. Positive thoughts are those that produce good feelings, wisdom, and enlightenment in the heart.

Being reminded to be grateful for what you have, being able to slow down, experiencing joy from sharing are all positive deeds. Life is what you make of it. If you solely focus on the negative, that’s all you’ll ever see. But if you care to look beyond that, you’ll find the rainbow in the rain!

What lessons did you learn from the coronavirus and the current situation?? Let me know in the comment section below. 🙂 ⁣

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