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NEW ARTICLE: How Islam Deals With Diseases and Pandemics (part 2 of 2)

 

Measures When Infected by a Virus

Likewise Islam teaches us remedies that can help fight
off any illness or virus, including: 

1.     Medical Treatment. The Prophet would encourage his
followers to seek medical treatment and told them to use water while dealing
with fever; “God’s Messenger used to order us to abate fever with water.”[1]  He even used to have cupping therapy applied
on himself.[2]

2.     Seeking a Cure. It is up to us to strive and find a cure for
all illnesses; for the Prophet mentioned, “There is no disease that God has
created, except that He also has created its treatment,”
[3]  and God
has sent down both the disease and the cure, and He has appointed a cure for
every disease, so treat yourselves medically, but use nothing unlawful.”
[4]  Also as narrated by Usamah ibn Sharik: “I
came to the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, and his
Companions were sitting as if they had birds on their heads
[figuratively speaking,
due to how attentive they were]. I saluted and sat down. The desert Arabs
then came from here and there. They asked, ‘Messenger of God, should we make
use of medical treatment?’ He replied, ‘Make use of medical treatment, for God
has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception
of one disease, namely old age.’”
[5]

3.     Giving Charity. This might come as a surprise, however,
at times of dire need one should turn to God with acts that please Him; and
giving to the poor and needy for the sake of seeking God’s pleasure is an act
that pleases the Lord and brings one closer to His Mercy.

4.     Dependence on God. After taking all necessary medical
treatment one should be dependent on God with their heart.  A believer knows
that God is the Creator of everything big and small, and although He has given
a reason for everything, in the end He is in control of everything.  The Quran
(65:3) mentions that, “… whoever, relies on God—then He is sufficient for
him.”
  A fine example is our father Abraham who when he would fall ill
would seek suitable medical treatment then confidently tell his people, “And
when I am ill, it is He (God) Who cures me.”
(Quran 26:80). 

5.     Remaining Positive. Staying calm and positive and
thinking that, God willing, one will get through their illness is of extreme
importance; in fact it is part of the psychological treatment that helps one’s
immune system do its work in the correct fashion.  Feeling negative and
pessimistic on the contrary weakens one’s immune system.  The Prophet said, “There
is … no ‘tiyarah’ (superstitious beliefs in omens), but I like good mention.” They
said: “What is a good mention?” He said: “An optimistic word.”
[6]  So a
patient should remain positive and, for example, say, “I hope to be better by
the weekend and back to work soon.”

6.     The Secret Weapon: Prayer.  This is an extremely
effective weapon to fight off any illness.  The Quran (40:60) mentions,
“And your Lord said, “Call upon Me (God); I will respond to you…”  
A
well-known hadith narrated by ‘Aisha states: “Whenever God’s Messenger paid
a visit to a patient, or a patient was brought to him, he used to invoke God,
saying, ‘Take away the disease, O the Lord of the people! Cure him as You
are the One Who cures. There is no cure but Yours, a cure that leaves no disease.’”
[7]  God likes
it when His servants turn to Him in prayer at time of calamity and weakness and
are not arrogant to raise their hands in the air and ask Him to bestow His
Mercy and cure them.  God’s promise is true, and He answers the calls of whoever
calls Him.  Finally the dear Prophet told us that
, “nothing
averts the Divine Decree except for supplication,”[8]  meaning
that if something bad was going to occur and someone asked God for protection
from all harm and God answered his/her prayer then that bad thing will not
occur; likewise, if someone is sick and asks God to be cured, God willing, they
will be cured.

Eventually, this global pandemic will subside—as do all
hardships in this world—and life will start returning to normal again.  Let the
first thing we do after COVID-19 has been defeated is be thankful to God for
allowing it to subside.  Then let us all relook at our relationship with our
Lord and ask ourselves how we can get closer to Him.  “O God, I seek refuge
in You from the withdrawal of Your blessing and the decline of the good health
you have given…”
[9]
 God bless and protect you all.


Footnotes:

[1]
Al Bukhari, Book # 71, Hadith # 620

[2]
Al Bukhari, Book # 71, Hadith # 595

[3]
Al Bukhari, Book # 71, Hadith # 582

[4]
Abu Dawoud, Book # 28, Hadith # 3865

[5]
Abu Dawoud, Book # 28, Hadith # 3846

[6]
Muslim, Book # 26, Hadith # 5520

[7]
Al Bukhari, Book # 70, Hadith # 579

[8]
Ibn Majah, Book # 1, Hadith # 90

[9]
Muslim, Book # 49, Hadith # 08

 

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