Muslims know that this life is a test. We will be tested in various ways, including sickness, loss of wealth and life. Abu Said al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet said, “Whenever a Muslim is afflicted with a hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression – even a thorn’s prick, Allah expiates his sins because of it.” Recorded by Bukhari in al-Adab ul-Mufrad (no. 493). These days, an outbreak of Corona virus poses a threat to many around the world. Here are some ways you can protect yourself from the Corona virus.
General Health Measures for Protection Against the Corona Virus
Wash your hands often. Hands are one of the biggest source of delivering germs from the external environment into our body. The Wudhu is also a way through which our hands and various parts of the body get cleaned on a regular basis. Wudhu also carries great reward as mentioned in the following hadith. “He who performs the Wudu perfectly (i.e., according to Sunnah), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails.” [Muslim]. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
In an outbreak such as the Corona virus, avoid contact with people who are sick. Al-Bukhaari (5739) and Muslim (2219) narrated from ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan ibn ‘Awf (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “If you hear that it (the plague) is in a land, do not go there, and if it breaks out in a land where you are, do not leave, fleeing from it.” One thing we must keep in mind is that the ultimate decision on whether a person will be inflicted with a disease is in the hands of Allah.
Avoid going to public places if an outbreak is occurring in your city. If you feel sick, try to prevent the spread of the disease (whatever it may be) by remaining at home and avoiding contact with others. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue. Keep washing your hands thereafter. Keep the clothes and surfaces around you disinfected and clean. Keep hydrated and drink plenty of liquid.
Dua for Protection Against Corona Virus
There are various dua we can make for protection against the trials of this world. These include recitation of Surah Ikhlaas, Falaq and Naas. Recitation of Ayatul Kursi is another way of seeking protection from Allah. We have a collection of several authentic dua which can be recited for any illness.