1. We have more confidence doing ibadah at homeDue to social distancing measures, congregational prayers such as the Friday Jema’ah prayers and nightly Terawih prayers have to be done at home. It may have felt odd at the beginning but doing ibadah at home can actually bring you many blessings!
2. We have new ways to seek Islamic knowledgeThough we cannot go out to mosques, madrasahs, or community clubs, there are still lots of opportunities for us to learn about Islam online! There are so many free online classes available now that we can gain a meaningful and insightful education without ever leaving our house.
3. We have become more grateful that we can experience RamadanDuring this time, being able to celebrate Ramadan at all can feel like a huge achievement alone. Many Muslims on the front lines or in essential jobs have had to face additional obstacles such as full-day shifts or busy shifts leading to needing to delay breaking their fast or fasting while exhausted.
4. We have more chances to immerse ourselves in IslamDuring times of crisis or uncertainty, there’s even more reason to look inwards and seek connection with Allah. While there are no specific supplications for Ramadan, there are lots of beautiful dua you can recite to help you strengthen your connection with Allah. As Ramadan is a time where we receive the most blessings, we should take this chance to call out to Allah as much as possible and seek His guidance in cleansing our spirit and attaining sincerity in our worship.
5. We have strengthened our faith in AllahThroughout this pandemic, we can look back at how the Prophet’s companions dealt with past virus outbreaks to draw inspiration and lessons in resilience. At least 4 major plagues were recorded in the Muslim world, including the disease of Amawas in Syam. The companion Abu Ubadyah lost his life in the outbreak, but before his death was famous for being a front liner who comforted and aided those afflicted by the disease, and who spread positivity through his speeches. Another companion Muaz ibn Jabal lost his children and family to the same virus, but he stayed positive and reminded Muslims of the time to seek reflection and guidance through Allah:
"يا أيها الناس توبوا إلى الله من ذنوبكم، فأيم عبد يلقى الله تعالى تائبا من ذنبه إلا كان على الله حقا أن يغفر له، من كان عليه دين فليقضه، فإن العبد مرتهن بدينه، ومن أصبح منكم مهاجرا أخاه فليلقه فليصالحه..."
“O People! Repent to Allah for your sins, for there is no servant who returns to Allah in the state of repentance, except Allah forgives him. Whoever has not settled his debt, should fulfil it. Verily a servant is tied with his debt. Whoever of you has parted from their brother should reconcile.”Their strong faith in Allah shone through, and rather than placing the blame on others, they used their time to reflect on their religious and social responsibilities to the community. We can continue to do the same by continuing to do good deeds to help those around us.