A test is a gift from GodWe are living in unprecedented times because of COVID-19. Livelihoods are affected, families are unable to see each other and some even have to deal with the passing of loved ones. We're thrown into a situation where life has to change and the things that we take for granted are now not available to us.
"Do peoplethink that they will be let go merely by saying: “We believe,” and that they will not be tested?"(29:2)All of our Prophets went through trials and tribulations time and again. And this is something for us to remember in the current situation when we're facing hardships. If anything, we can take comfort in the fact that nothing, whether good or bad, will befall upon us if not for Allah's will. Allah says in Surah At-Tawbah:
"Nothing will befall us except what Allah has decreed for us; He is our Protector." (9:51)While the COVID-19 situation is unprecedented, it is a worthy test of faith and patience for believers. And as believers, we must place our trust in Allah and believe that there will be a better tomorrow, no matter what our circumstances are ❤️
Cherishing and loving one's familyWith lockdowns and social distancing measures in place, it is an intense period of being stuck with family members. Reports have shown that domestic violence has increased. Cabin fever might also cause us to quarrel with family members more, and strain our relationship with them. But the important thing is to never ever forget why you chose to get married to your spouse and rememberyour filial duties to your parents. These trying times are a reminder for us to constantly love and respect our family members. The virtue of family is mentioned a lot in the Quran. Allah says in Surah An-Nisa:
"Be careful of (your duty to) Allah, by Whom you demand one of another (your rights), and (to) the ties of relationship; surely Allah ever watches over you." (4:1)
Understanding what makes the Quran special
"And it was not [possible] for this Qur'an to be produced by other than Allah, but [it is] a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of the [former] Scripture, about which there is no doubt, from the Lord of the worlds. (10:37)"Every single word of the Quran is important and we need to understand it to feel its essence. When we start to compare the Quran with the other holy books, we'll realise that some things are thesame while others are different. Some things are clarified in the Quran. Only by comparing them will you see how miraculous the Quran really is. Islam is meant to be pondered on; you must think about it and only then will you get the essence of it. That's why it is important to go beyond regurgitating the Quran.
There is always hope
"The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If the Resurrection were established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then let him plant it.”
(Source: Musnad Aḥmad 12491, Sahih according to Al-Albani)This hadith shows us the positive attitude that Muslims need to have, even if the Day of Judgment is near, because we are believers. No matter how hard it is, we need to constantly put in our best effort while placing our fulltrust in Allah's plans because He knows best. Indeed, there is always hope and hope is a powerful thing that a believer can have. I wish you all a blessed Ramadan ahead ❤️