As the battle against Coronavirus intensifies; the death toll rising by the hour and hospitals ICUs overspilling with patients, temporary mortuaries being set up outside hospitals and each one of us knows someone who has COVID-19. The fear is mounting. This is a testing time. Time to be patient and strong. Here I offer seven powerful tips for making your home a spiritual place of learning and devotion.
The Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) won many battles and his victories show us how we can win the battle of life. The most important step was recognising the enemy. A lot of the time we are clueless about our enemy. Often, it’s misidentified; a competitor trying to win my customers or someone who is jealous of me and trying to undermine my credibility or someone wanting to take my money. This is a typical human response. However, in the thicket of the battle of Uhud, the Muslims were told, “Do not be disheartened or sad; you will come out on top when you are true believers” (Ale Imran: 139). Here the Quran identified the real enemy, attitude – the way you think, your mindset. It isn’t what is happening outside that will put you down but it’s your response to the crisis.
As we witness the unfolding of the Coronavirus pandemic on our screens, hour by hour in front of our eyes, we are scared. This is what will discourage us, make us give up, even make us angry. It will drive us nuts and we’ll ask the wrong questions, like why me Lord? We must avoid this to win the battle against this virus. Our hope and optimism must remain at the highest level. This will only happen if we have the conviction of faith and trust in the Almighty Lord.
So, we must stake our faith in the promise He made with us “I am with you”. So, have unwavering trust in the words of God, that will bring help. To show this trust and confidence in Allah, Our almighty Lord, let’s turn to him in devotion, as we stay home, make your home a masjid. Here are some ideas to make your home a place of learning and devotion.
Make your home the Masjid
Did you know that early Muslims living in Makkah had no masjid? So their homes were the masjid. The disciples would pray at home, lead jamaat and teach the Quran. Today, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of you will be missing attending and praying at the masjid. Nevertheless, this time offers an opportunity to again practise an ancient way, the way of the early, oppressed Muslims. So, let’s make the most of these days of social isolation. Your home too can become a Masjid, here are some practical steps to take:
The Masjid is a place to remember Allah. With the seven steps above, your home can become more spiritual and blessed.
Useful Duas to recite
Here are two impactful prayers, learn them and read them for confidence and reassurance:
“Oh Allah, I seek Your protection from leprosy, dementia, infectious diseases, and other serious illnesses.”
“In the name of Allah, nothing on earth nor in the sky can harm me the slightest, He is the Hearing and the Knowing”.