Remembering Allah in the time of COVID-19

As the corona-virus pandemic hits our countries, most of us are understandably confused and anxious. The precautionary measures being recommended (such as social distancing) will be tough on many individuals, and businesses. Amidst all of this, Muslims face a unique, possibly (and hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime dilemma of being cut-off from masajid, Umrah, and Islamic gatherings. It is therefore vital that we remain connected to our faith and that we ask and rely on Allah (SWT) for His mercy, forgiveness, and help during these difficult times for us physically, spiritually, and economically . 

Morning and Evening Azkaar (remembrances of Allah) are an excellent way for us to invoke Allah (SWT)’s protections and blessings for us. In Surah Ahzab, Allah says: 

O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance. And exalt Him morning and afternoon. It is He who confers blessing upon you, and His angels (ask Him to do so) that He may bring you out from darkness into light. And ever is He, to the believers, Merciful. (Surah Ahzab, 33:41-43)

Following are a few Morning and Evening Azkaar that can be particularly beneficial for us and that we can incorporate in our daily lives during this pandemic?

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ‏.‏ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ، وَأَهْلِي وَمَالِي‏.‏ اللَّهُمَّ اسْتُرْ عَوْرَاتِي، وَآمِنْ رَوْعَاتِي‏.‏ اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيَّ وَمِنْ خَلْفِي، وَعَنْ يَمِينِي وَعَنْ شِمَالِي، وَمِنْ فَوْقِي، وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ مِنْ أَنْ أُغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي‏

Allahumma inni as’aluka al-‘aafiyah fi’l-dunya wa’l-aakhirah. Allahumma inni as’aluka al-‘afw wa’l-‘aafiyah fi deeni wa dunyaaya wa ahli wa maali. Allahumma astur ‘awraati wa aamin raw‘aati. Allahumma  ihfazni min bayna yadayya wa min khalfi wa ‘an yameeni wa ‘an shimaali wa min fawqi wa a’oodhu bi ‘azamatika an ughtaala min tahti

‘O Allah, I ask you for well-being in this world and the Next. O Allah, I ask you for forgiveness and well-being in my deen and in this world and in my family and my property. O Allah, veil my faults and calm my fears. O Allah, give me protection in front of me and behind me, on my right and my left and above me. I seek refuge by Your might from being overwhelmed from under me’ [Al Adab al Mufrad]

  1. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to say in the morning:

اللَّهُمَّ بِكَ أَصْبَحْنَا وَبِكَ أَمْسَيْنَا وَبِكَ نَحْيَى وَبِكَ نَمُوتُ وإليك النشور

Allahumma bika asbahna wa bika amsayna, wa bika nahya wa bika namoot wa ilayka’an-nushoor

‘O Allah, by Your leave we have reached the morning and by Your leave we reach the evening, and by Your leave we live and by Your leave we die, and to You is the Resurrection’

And in the evening, he would say: 

اللَّهُمَّ بِكَ أَمْسَيْنَا وَبِكَ أَصْبَحْنَا وَبِكَ نَحْيَى وَبِكَ نَمُوتُ وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ‏

Allahumma bika amsayna wa bika asbahna, wa bika nahya wa bika namoot wa ilayka’al-maseer

‘O Allah, by Your leave we have reached the evening and by Your leave we reach the morning, and by Your leave we live and by Your leave we die, and unto You is our return.’  (Sunan ibn Majah)

  1. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) taugh Abu Bakr RA to say the following: 

اللَّهُمَّ فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ، عَالِمَ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ، رَبَّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَمَلِيكَهُ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ نَفْسِي،وَشَرِّ الشَّيْطَانِ وَشِرْكِهِ، وَأَنْ أَقْتَرِفَ عَلَى نَفْسِي سُوءًا أَوْ أَجُرُّهُ إِلَى مُسْلِمٍ‏.‏ 

Allahumma faatir al-samawaati wa’l-ard, ‘aalim al-ghaybi wa’l-shahaadah, Rabba kulli shay’in wa maleekahu, a‘oodhu bika min sharri nafsi wa sharri’sh-shaytaan wa shirkihi, wa an aqtarifa ‘ala nafsi soo’an aw ajurrahu ila muslim

‘O Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Knower of the Unseen and Visible. the Lord of all things and their Master. I seek refuge with You from the evil of shaytan and his encouragement to associate and that I bring evil on myself or bring it on another Muslim.’ (Al Adab al Mufrad) 

  1. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to say the following in the morning and in the evenings: 

يا حَـيُّ يا قَيّـومُ بِـرَحْمَـتِكِ أَسْتَـغـيث ، أَصْلِـحْ لي شَـأْنـي كُلَّـه ، وَلا تَكِلـني إِلى نَفْـسي طَـرْفَةَ عَـين

Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom, bi rahmatika astagheeth, aslih li sha’ni kullahu, wa laa takilni ilaa nafsi tarfata ‘ayn

‘O Ever Living, O Self-Subsisting and Supporter of all, by Your mercy I seek assistance, rectify for me all of my affairs and do not leave me to myself, even for the blink of an eye’ (Sahih al-Albani)

  1. Uthman ibn Affan RA narrated: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: If anyone says three times,

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَىْءٌ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلاَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

Bisimillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-’ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee’ul Aleem 

‘In the name of Allah, when Whose name is mentioned nothing on Earth or in Heaven can cause harm, and He is the Hearer, the Knower’,

he will not suffer sudden affliction till the morning, and if anyone says this in the morning, he will not suffer sudden affliction till the evening.” (Sunan Abi Dawud).

  1. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: If anyone says [the following dua] in the morning or in the evening, and dies during the daytime or during the night, he will go to Paradise.

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُلَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَىَّ وَأَبُوءُلَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَا إِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ

Allahumma anta rabbi la ilaaha illa anta, Khalaqtani wa ana ‘abduka wa ana ‘ala ‘ahdika wa wa’dika ma astata‘t. A‘oodhu bika min sharri ma sana‘tu, aboo’u laka bi ni‘matika ‘alayya wa aboo’u laka bi dhanbi, faghfir li fa innahu laa yaghfiru’l-dhunoob illaa anta

‘O Allah! Thou art my Lord; there is no god but Thee, Thou hast created me, and I am Thy servant and hold to Thy covenant and promise as much as I can; I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of what I have done: I acknowledge Thy favour to me, and I acknowledge my sin; pardon me, for none but Thee pardons sins’ (Sahih Bukhari)

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

Ayoodhu bikalimatillahi-tammati min sharri ma khalaqa. 

‘I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil that He has created’. (Sahih Muslim) 

May Allah (SWT) protect us and our loved ones from this virus and help us become a pillar of support to those suffering. Ameen.

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