“I’ve been stuck in the house for so long.”
“I can’t bear all this bad news.”
“Why is this pandemic happening to us?”
“I can’t wait until this is over.”
“I just wasted the whole day…again!”
In these difficult times, a lot of people are discovering new hobbies or reviving old ones. Many people are just binge-watching tv shows and movies on Netflix. Overall, the general sentiment is that of killing time and riding out the wave until this pandemic is finally over.
As Muslims, however, we must ask ourselves: are we spending our time wisely? Are we truly showing our gratitude in this difficult time?
Surely, we are blessed with something that many people do not have…we are blessed with the gift of Islam.
In the Qu’ran, we are told,
“Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.” [3:19]
Alhumdulillah, this deen has already laid out that the best thing to do with our time is to worship Allah (SWT). We know that this time, while it is difficult, is one where we need to have sabr (patience). Furthermore, this is a time more than ever to turn to Allah (SWT) and make du’a.
Yes, these are not easy times. Many of us are going through difficult situations with work, school, and even at home. We are seeing people around us fall ill. However, we can always remember that Allah (SWT) is with us and that He is the one who provides and nothing happens without His will.
Recall in the Qu’ran, Allah (SWT) tells us,
“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” [2:216]
We should find a certain peace in knowing that during this pandemic we have the beautiful gift of Islam. More importantly, though, we need to show that we are grateful for this deen. Show your gratefulness for the words of Allah (SWT) and for Islam by sincerely worshipping. If today was a not-so-good day, then use tomorrow to make that difference. This deen will never fail you if your work for it. Allah (SWT) will never fail us, even in times of hardship.
Remember in the hadith that Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be and blessings on him, said, “Allah Almighty says: “…When he draws near me by the span of his hand, I draw near him by the length of a cubit. When he draws near me by the length of a cubit, I draw near him by the length of a fathom. When he comes to me walking, I come to him running.”
[Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6970, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2675]
So take that first step towards Allah (SWT), show that you are truly grateful for Islam, and inshaAllah you will find yourself on the straight path.