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Monday, April 26, 2021
Overcome the Fear of Pandemic, Feeling of Helplessness and Depression - The Islamic Way
By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam
26 April 2021
The Holy Quran, Hadees Narrations, Scriptures Of All Other Religions And Teachings Of All Hues Of Spiritual Leaders Preach That Love Is The Cure Of All Kinds Of Anxieties And Distress
Depression has become a common feature of contemporary life.
Islam says going through difficult times is inevitable.
Steps to be taken during pandemic according to Quran.
Pandemic is a test of our patience and belief in Allah Almighty.
It will not be an exaggeration to say that almost the entire global community – rich and the poor – all are in the grip of fear and depression. Those who boasted of their empowered institutions of medical science and medical infrastructure are no lesser victims of the most grievous situation created by the Covid-19 and its various strains. This depressing and fearful environment started spreading from the wealthiest and scientifically most advanced nations to the rest of the world. It is for about a year and a half that we have been engaged in scientific researches to find out, exactly what it is, but have learned little to date.
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Depression and Fear
Depression has become a common feature of contemporary life. Human beings have got so much involved in pursuit of worldly life that they have presumed to be living forever with all that they have accumulated by hook or by crook. There would not have been any kind of depression had man understood that there is no end to the race for power and wealth. Human beings running behind this will ultimately take him to a dark ditch never to come back again. Coming out of depression requires going back to spirituality which is divinely inbuilt in all of us.
Not going into the psychology of fear, it can in simple words be said that all of us are born with this very humane emotion. Fear is a very strong emotion that is experienced during the period of depression or a state of helplessness. We experience this emotion in our everyday life for various petty reasons to the big ones of losing our own or our beloved’s lives. Fear is a sign of alertness to the threatening danger of losing something or someone to the power that is beyond our reach.
Islam Teaches that Going Through Difficult Times Is Inevitable
Life is full of happiness and sorrows. All given to us by Allah, the One we turn to in our dire state of need. All come upon us to test our patience and belief in Allah, the Almighty. The following two verses of the Holy Quran testify that Allah, the Most Merciful, never leaves His creation alone drenched in grief and helplessness but to test their perseverance and their faith in Him.
Do people think that they will be left (at ease) only on their saying, “We believe” and will not be put to any test? (Al-Ankbut 29:2) — Mufti Taqi Usmani
We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives and crops. Give good news to those who endure with fortitude. (Al-Baqra Verse No:155) - Wahiduddin Khan
And in the following verse of Surah Al-Hadid, Allah the Knower (of the Unseen and The Seen) says that all that happens in the world happens not without reasons as it is registered and recorded before:
“No misfortune can affect the earth or your own selves without its first having been recorded in a book before We bring it into being. That is easy for God to do;” Surah Al‐Hadid‐verse‐22 - Wahiduddin Khan
The world has been witnessing hunger, loss of property, lives and crops as at present we are witness to the losses of materialistic wealth and precious lives we had thought to be ours, in our ignorance of the powers of our Creator. In this regards the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) says:
“Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus it is good for him.” (Hadith by Sahih Muslim)
All of us are in the grip of fear of losing lives from the Pandemic Covid-19 so it is but natural to be afraid of the consequences. But there is relief and precaution in the following two Ahadees to be followed. Narrated Abu Huraira (RA), Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) says:
“(There is) no 'Adwa (no contagious disease is conveyed without Allah's permission). nor is there any bad omen (from birds), nor is there any Hamah, nor is there any bad omen in the month of Safar, and one should run away from the leper as one runs away from a lion” (Al‐Bukhari, 2007).
Prophet Muhammad said: “If you hear of its presence (the presence of plague) in a land, don't enter it, but if it spreads in the land where you are, don't fly from it” (Bin Al‐Hajjaj, 2006)
Although it is too late, we still should follow the steps commanded to us by the Apostle of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that the contagious disease is not a bad omen and that we should not leave the place where the disease has spread nor should we enter such a place, thus suggesting a kind of quarantine.
Hope during the time of fear and hopelessness is a soothing experience. Consider the following guidance by Hazrat Imam Sadiq (RA):
“Fear keeps a watch over the human heart and hope is the soul's intercessor and that of its aspirations. Those who know God, fear Him, while they place their hopes in His grace. This fear and hope are like two wings of faith. By their means, those who study the order of being and creation fly towards God's good pleasure, and they witness God's promises and warnings with the eyes of their intellects. By inspiring awe in respect of His warnings, the fear of God turns them towards God's justice, and the hope in Him calls them toward His beneficence and favour. This is how hope revives the heart and fear suppresses satanic inclinations.” --- al Fayd al Kashani, Muhajjat al Bayda, vol. 7 p. 283
Steps to be Taken During Pandemic According to Quran
Countries all over the world are in deep trouble due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s unrelenting waves. People are running from pillar to post to bring about the cure and save humanity. In such a grievous situation we must look to the situations described in the Holy Quran where it asks us to form a crisis management team describing the story of Bilqis, the Queen of kingdom Sheba where she asks her people for their advice:
“She said, “O chieftains, advise me in the matter I have (before me). I am not the one who decides a matter absolutely unless you are present with me.” (Surah An‐Naml‐verse‐32) — Mufti Taqi Usmani
Therefore, as described in the above-mentioned verse, we must form a crisis management team to help each other during this grievous time. Consider the following verse:
“.... Help each other in righteousness and piety, and do not help each other in sin and aggression. Fear Allah. Surely, Allah is severe at punishment.” -- (Surah Al‐ Ma'Idah‐Verse‐2) — Mufti Taqi Usmani
And the Holy Quran in the following verse commands to have faith and step onto the righteous path and Allah, the Most Merciful will reward that, will diminish their fear and will bring happiness in their lives.
“Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Qur’an Chatter 2 Verse 277)
Love Conquers Fear And Depression
The Holy Quran, Hadees, religious books of all other religions and the spiritual leaders preach that love is the cure of all kinds of anxieties and distress. The human being must create an atmosphere of love and a sense of affection to fight the psychological pandemic created by the materialistic world, along with the present devastating pandemic. Cooperation and brotherhood are the call of the hour for all of us to fight the present and all future crises.
It is commendable and refreshing to see the nations coming forward to help each other but let it be in the name of humanity for the sake of saving our planet.