For most of us, the sight and stories of tragedy and difficulty were always something observed from afar. But now we find ourselves in a time where no matter where we live, no matter our race or religion, a virus stands to disrupt our lives in ways we could never have imagined.
As the Charity Week family, we believe in a vision of Unity, and I want to share two key lessons we can enact to make this time a little less unnerving.
“The Dua of a person for his Muslim brother in his absence will be answered. At his head there is an angel, and every time he prays for him for something good, the angel who has been appointed to be with him, says, ‘Ameen, may you have likewise’ ” (Muslim).
Let us start with Dua; take a moment to pray for our CW family, our entire Ummah and humanity. Pray for their protection, health and cure for those inflicted. Let it be a means that brings us together.
“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. If he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him” (Muslim).
In the above hadith, the message of optimism is clear. We find ourselves with the opportunity to inject that optimism into our community by spreading positivity and also our experience of how we work in CW, to help ISOCs/MSAs and community groups to work in this new world.
So, let us pray for each other, for the protection and strength to continue and let’s use our skills to feed optimism back into our community! Let this time not go to waste, but spend it as an investment for our Akhirah.