The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic.
As Muslims, it is important to remind ourselves that everything occurs by the will and divine wisdom of Allah (swt). When faced with trials and adversities, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) prayed to Allah (swt) through constant invocations with the language of love and servant-hood.
We can find many prophetic traditions that not only teach us what to pray but also guidelines on how to pray. Some of the prayers are done routinely, in the morning and in the afternoon, to emphasize the significance and benefits that entail such discipline.
In dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are advised to strengthen our faith in these difficult times and to increase our prayers and supplications to Allah (swt), on top of taking preventive measures to help contain this situation.
Allah (swt) has promised to respond our call upon Him.
وَقالَ رَبُّكُمُ اُدعُونِي أَستَجِب لَكُم
Your Lord has proclaimed, “Call upon Me, I will respond to you” (Quran 40:60)
First, let’s make dua for those who are sick. In a hadith, Rasulullah (pbuh) said,
“Whoever among you suffers some sickness, or his brother suffers some sickness, let him say: ‘Our Lord Allah Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your will is done in heaven and on earth; as Your mercy is in heaven, bestow it upon the earth. Forgive us of our sins. You are the Lord of the good. Send down some Your mercy and healing upon this pain,’ and he will be healed.” (Hadith by Imam Abu Daud)
In light of recent events, here are some Supplications (Dua) from the beautiful prophetic tradition to seek well-being and protection from diseases.
Dua for protection against every kind of harm
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
Bismillahil-lazi la yadhurru ma’asmihi syai’un fil ardhi wa la fis-sama’i wa huwas-sami’ul aleem
In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in heaven, and He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing
(Sunan Abu Daud)
Dua to seek forgiveness and for well-being
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ
Allahumma inni as’alukal-’afwa wal ‘afiyah fid-dunya wal-akhirah
O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness and my well-being in this world and the Hereafter
(Sunan Ibn Majah)
Dua for total protection
اللَّهُمَّ احْفَظْنِي مِنْ بَينِ يَدَيَّ, وَمِنْ خَلْفِي, وَعَنْ يَمِينِي, وَعَنْ شِمَالِي وَمِنْ فَوْقِي, وَأَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَتِكَ أَن أُْغْتَالَ مِنْ تَحْتِي
Allahummah-fazni min baini yadaiya, wa min khalfi, wa ‘an yameeni, wa ‘an syimali wa min fauqi, wa a’uzu bi’azomatika an ughtala min tahti
O Allah protect me from my front, behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in Your Magnificence from being taken unaware from beneath me
(Sunan Ibn Majah)
Dua for protection from every evil that brings harm
أَعُوذُ بِكلِمَاتِ الله التّامّاتِ مِن شَرّ مَا خَلَقَ
A’uzu bikalimatillahit-tammaati min syarri ma kholak
I seek protection in the perfect words of Allah from every evil that has been created
Dua for protection from diseases
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ
Allahumma inni a’uzubika minal baros, wal junuun wal juzzam, wa min sayyi’il-asqam
O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases
(Sunan Abi Daud)
These supplications are encouraged to be read daily, particularly in the morning and in the afternoon.
As part of expressing our servant-hood to Allah (swt), we are also obliged to put in the right effort to our prayer. Hence, we should actively take the proper steps to prevent such harmful diseases from spreading further. Indeed, Allah (swt) answers the prayers of those who are truly sincere in seeking His refuge.