As world markets suffer from the ongoing COVID-19 novel coronavirus crisis, as jobs are lost and unemployment rates rise high, as businesses close down and people don’t have a source of income, you worry.
You worry about the growing global pandemic and its challenges.
And you worry about your family, your kids, how to provide for them, how to put food on the table, how to pay the bills…
In times such as these, this is a reminder for my brothers and sisters, as the reminder always benefits the believers.
“But remind, the Reminder will benefit the believers.” [Surah adh-Dhaariyaat: 55]
Keep Your Emaan Strong
1. Remember: NOTHING happens except by the will and decree of Allah
Belief in Al-Qadar (the Divine decree) is one of the pillars of our Emaan, and no one’s faith is complete without it. So if you lost your job, it was by the Will and Decree of Allah.
“No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (al-Lawh al-Mahfooz) before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah.” [al-Hadeed :22]
And the Prophet ﷺ said: “KNOW that what has passed you by was not going to befall you, and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship.” [Al-Tirmidhi, Saheeh]
2. It is Allah who provides for you, NOT your employer
Remember that Allah is Al-Razzaaq (the Provider) and the Best of those who provide. It was Allah who was providing you before you lost your job and it is still HE who will provide you after you lost it. The One who fed you when you were in your mother’s womb will also feed you when you are an adult.
And it was not you who was putting food on the table for your family. Rather it was Allah using you as a means to provide for them. Allah says:
“Except for Allah, is there any other Creator who provides for you out of heaven and earth? There is no god except He. Where then do you turn?” [Surah Faatir: 3]
3. Your provision was written BEFORE you were even born
Allah had sent an angel to write down your provision for you when you were 120 days old in your mother’s womb, and you will get it, no matter what.
“…(the angel) says, ‘O Lord, male or female? Doomed or blessed? What is his provision? What is his lifespan?’ And that is written in his mother’s womb.” [Al-Bukhari]
There is NOTHING that can take it away. And you will not die until you have had your full provision.
The Prophet ﷺ said: “The Holy Spirit (Jibreel) has inspired to me that no soul will die until it has completed its appointed term and received its provision in full, so fear Allah and do not be desperate in seeking provision, and no one of you should be tempted to seek provision by means of committing sin if it is slow in coming to him, for that which is with Allah can only be attained by obeying Him.” [Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 2085]
4. It is a TEST for you from Allah
Remember that disasters and calamities are a test of a believer’s patience. And so He will test you to see how strong you are and how you will react to His test. And know if Allah loves a person, He tests him. Allah says:
“We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, and decrease of goods, life and fruits. Give glad tidings to the patient.” [Al-Baqarah:155]
5. Surely, it is a means of expiation of your sins
Calamities are a means of expiation of sin and raising one’s status.
The Prophet ﷺ said: “There is nothing that befalls a believer, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah will record one good deed for him and will remove one bad deed from him.” [Saheeh Muslim].
And he ﷺ said: “Trials will continue to befall the believing man and woman, with regard to themselves, their children and their wealth, until they meet Allah with no sin on them.” [Al-Tirmidhi, saheeh by al-Albaani]
What To Do?
1. Have tawakkul on Allah
Always think to yourself… Allah wouldn’t decree something for me unless it was good for me.
Have faith in Allah’s Words. He said:
“But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and may love a thing although it is evil for you. Allah knows, and you do not.” [Surah Al Baqarah:216]
The Prophet ﷺ said: “If you put your trust in Allah in the true sense, He will grant your provision as He grants to the birds, who go out in the morning hungry and come back full.” [Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and al-Tirmidhi].
2. Be patient
Remember that with every difficulty comes ease and with hardship comes relief.
The Prophet ﷺ said: “How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for all his affairs are good and this does not apply to anyone except the believer. If something good happens to him he is grateful, and that is good for him, and if something bad happens to him he is patient, and that is good for him.” [Saheeh Muslim]
3. Review your life and make LOTS of istighfar
Look at your life.
Is there something that you need to improve on?
Is there something that you need to give up?
Is there anything that may be a cause of Allah’s warning or punishment to you?
“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned.” [al-Shoora:30]
The Prophet ﷺ said: “…a man may be deprived of provision by a sin that he commits.” [Ibn Maajah, Saheeh by al-Albani]
If there is such an issue, NOW is the time to fix yourself.
Ask Allah sincerely to forgive you and He will.
There is no doubt in that. For He is al-Ghafoor, ar-Raheem.
“Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft‑Forgiving. He will send rain to you in abundance, and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” [Surah An Nooh 71:10-12]
[Also read: Which acts of worship are best in Islam?]
4. Fear Allah and obey Him as much as you can
Obedience is the KEY to the Mercy of Allah and fearing Him (taqwa) is a means to attain all success. Allah says:
“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.
And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him.
Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.” [Surah at-Talaaq:2-3]
5. Make dua and do LOTS of good deeds
Never forget that du’aa is the WEAPON of the believer. Pray to Allah with the attitude of certainty and He will surely respond.
Do a lot of acts of worship, such as reading Qur’an, fasting, giving charity, etc.
This will get rid of your worry and anxiety, and give you happiness, peace of mind and success in this dunya as well as in the Hereafter. Allah says:
“Whoever works righteousness — whether male or female — while he (or she) is a true believer; verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter).” [Surah an-Nahl: 97]
Also, worship at times of hardship and tribulation has a special sweetness to it and a great reward. The Prophet ﷺ said: “Worshiping at times of tribulation and confusion is like migrating to join me.” [Muslim]
6. Uphold ties of kinship
If there are any family members that you have cut off from or are not on speaking terms, etc., correct that and ask them for forgiveness, even if it was not your fault.
Because the Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever would like his provision to be increased and his life span to be extended, let him uphold the ties of kinship.”
[Also read: 11 Easy Tips to Forgive Yourself and Others]
7. Do your best to seek Halaal earnings
Work hard to find a means of living for your family. That is a responsibility placed upon you by Allah.
Imam Ahmad was asked about a man who sat in his house or in the masjid and said, “I will not do anything until my rizq comes to me.” He said, “This is a man who has no knowledge.”
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Strive to do that which will benefit you and seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless.” [Saheeh Muslim]
8. But don’t lose sight of the Aakhirah
However, do realize that this world is only temporary and the REAL life is that of the Hereafter. This world should not be the main concern of the Muslim, rather our focus should be on what we do for the Aakhirah.
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever is mainly concerned about the Hereafter, Allah will make him feel independent of others and will make him focused and content, and his worldly affairs will fall into place.
But whoever is mainly concerned with this world, Allah will make him feel in constant need of others and will make him distracted and unfocused, and he will get nothing of this world except what is decreed for him.” [Al-Tirmidhi, Saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’].
May Allah make it easy for all of us and grant us relief from all difficulty. Ameen.
And Allah knows best.