Material and Spiritual Means for Facing Calamities
And the Necessity of Obeying the Authorities

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book “Our Lord! In You we trust. And to You we (always) turn. And to You is the final return.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

It is one of the universal norms that Allah tests creatures with difficulties, as He (Glory be to Him) said, “We created man from a sperm of mixtures to put him to the test; We gave him hearing and sight.”

To face these difficulties, Allah guided us to material and spiritual means. The external means that we should follow include knowledge, and following the precautions set by specialized entities. Moreover, the guidelines set by the official institutions must be followed, because following the authorities is a national obligation. The Almighty Allah said, “You who believe, obey Allah and the Messenger, and those in authority among you.” Also, Allah said, “you [people] can ask those who have knowledge if you do not know.” “People of knowledge in our case are the specialized people or institutions. Thus, it is not allowed to disobey the official institutions of the state.

Among the material means is the significance of “hygiene” Generally speaking, Islam pays much attention to hygiene, showing its necessity to protect humans from diseases and harms. The Almighty Allah said, “Allah loves those who turn to Him, and He loves those who keep themselves clean.” The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Purity is half of faith,” and said, “Clean your yards!” Yard here covers houses, schools, factories, streets, squares, etc.

Islam pays a special attention to handwashing as we see in ablution. The Almighty Allah said, “You who believe, when you are about to pray, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, wipe your heads, wash your feet up to the ankles.” Thus, washing one’s hands and elbows is a pillar of ablution. Moreover, in the beginning of ablution, it is recommended to wash hands three times, followed by rinsing one’s mouth and sniffing. Then one should wash his face and then the hands again up to the elbows.  The Prophet (PBUH) also said, “When one of you wakes up from his sleep, he must not put his hand in a utensil till he washed it.” Also, it is recommended to wash hands before and after eating. All this proves that religion goes in line with science. Keeping people healthy is one of the ultimate objectives of the Sharia, a point which is stressed by the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH) in which he states, “There shall be no harm nor reciprocating of harm”. So, we should take all the necessary and preventive precautions to prevent the spread of diseases through keeping away from hugging, kissing, shake-handing and masses.

In this vein, we stress that crises and hard times unveil people’s origins and manners. So, we should show mercy to each other and keep away from selfishness and all kinds of monopoly of commodities, with the intention of increasing prices. Besides, buyers should not be selfish when buying commodities, since this cause imbalance in the demand and supply system. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says, “None hoards but the sinner”; “the hoarder is cursed” and “None of you will be a true believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his companions and followers: –

Muslim brothers,

As for the spiritual means that we should seriously consider, they include the good reliance on Allah. Allah, Most High, says, “So, rely on Allah, for surely Allah loves those who rely on Him”. Reliance on Allah does not contradict with making use of reason. It is reported that one man once came to the Messenger of Allah and said: “Shall I tie it and rely (upon Allah), or leave it loose and rely (upon Allah)?” He said: “Tie it and rely (upon Allah).” So, it is a must upon us to make use of the reasons leading to the realization of well-being and the well-established scientific guidelines. Meanwhile, we should rely on Allah, Most High, on all our affairs.

The list of these reasons also includes supplication to Allah; Allah says, “Then why, when Our punishment came to them, did they not humble themselves?” We are in a dire need to resort to Allah to remove this hardship from people and countries. We should seize this situation to reconnect our relationship with Allah.

They also include that man should protect himself with Adhkar to Allah. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “”A person will not be harmed by anything if he says every morning and evening 33 times, ‘In the Name of Allah by whose Name nothing in the earth or the heaven is harmed. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing” and “Whoever dismounts to rest in a place should say, ‘I seek refuge with the complete words of Allah from the evil of what he created,’ (audhu bi kalimati-llahi at-tammati min sharri ma khalaqa), and nothing will harm him until he remounts.”

The list also includes giving out recommended charity; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Fortify your money with and heal your sick people with Sadaaqah …”