It is October 2020, and after roughly 3 months of reduced covid-19 cases and deaths, the UK is back in crisis mode! Infection rate is rapidly and steadily rising, and same can be said for hospital admissions and the mortality rate.
When an issue dominates the national discourse for over seven months, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when it becomes the lens through which a lot of us view things. Or maybe that’s just me? 🤔Anyway, this rise and fall (or rise, fall, rise?) of the infection rate got me thinking about the natural ebb and flow of the Eeman of a Muslim,
Don’t worry, I’ll explain.
I began by asking myself; how did the UK get here? How is it that covid-19 cases are rising again? And the answer was very simple – A loss, or at the very least; a reduction, in widespread public awareness. The UK public (myself included) lost its sense of awareness. An awareness of the severity of what we
were are dealing with. With a steady drop in the number of cases in June, July and August, we got lulled into a false sense of security. Shops and business re-opened, life got back to ‘normal’ and so we unconsciously assumed that the fight was over. We forgot that we only saw a downward spiral in the number of covid-19 cases not because it ‘magically disappeared’ as some human being proclaimed it would🙄, but because we took consistent, scientifically-proven action. We washed our hands regularly, paid attention to our environment and kept it clean, we wore masks, we kept a safe distance from people and we stayed home unless it was absolutely essential to go out. That’s what got us results.
But, we forgot. Of course, we forgot! We are human.
But what does all this have to do with the eeman of a Muslim?
Well, as Muslims, we are very aware that our faith is not static. It is constantly moving, and it’s either going up or down. The only thing that moves the needle on the direction of our eeman is our sense of awareness. A sense of awareness that spurs us into action. An awareness that we have an unrelenting enemy in shaytaan. An awareness that although death is certain for every human, it is certainly not the end of the journey for us. And so, we take action. When we are in a heightened state of awareness of these hurdles, we take action to protect ourselves from our enemy. We make dua, we engage in adhkaar, we rebuke the shaytaan when we hear him in our hearts with his waswaas. We look towards the hereafter and try to secure it by engaging in actions that will weigh heavy on our scales. And we do it all with the hope of a reward from Allah.
Much like how we washed our hands, wore masks, stayed indoors, socially-distanced and taught our children to do same; we engaged in all these activities with the hope that we will see a reduction in the infection and mortality rates of covid-19. And we did!
But like I said earlier, we got comfortable and we forgot the stakes. And this is in the very nature of being human. We were not created to consistently be in a heightened state of awareness. And that’s why we have been placed in this world, full of signs that act as reminders. I mean, think about it, what’s the point of a reminder, if it is not in anticipation of the fact that the one who requires it will someday, forget? The fault does not lie in forgetting, it is in denying the reminders that come to you when you forget and in failing to take action!
So as I sit here sipping my herbal tea and shoring up my defences against covid-19 with vitamin D supplements, honey and black-seed, face-masks and hand gel, I remind myself to protect my Eeman with the same (and more) energy.
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