Has the Coronavirus Made Us Namāzi?

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Friday 18th September 2020. ‘Has the Coronavirus made us Namāzi?’.

The coronavirus has been around now for 6 months. Having emerged from a 3-month national lockdown, we are now facing local lockdowns. As soon as the affected rate per 100,000 increases in any town or city, restrictions start being implemented.

One of the key questions we need to ask ourselves is whether there has been any difference at all to our lives because of this pandemic.

For those who were not praying Ṣalāh (Namāz) at all, have we started to pray Ṣalāh (become Namāzi)? Have those who were praying every now and then, but not consistently, become regulars?

Did men who used to pray but not with JamāꜤah in the Masjid started to pray at the Masjid?

Ponder upon these points.

If the virus has not made any change to our Ṣalāh life, then this is something very serious to think about. Why are we not taking heed? What is still keeping us away from bowing and prostrating to our Creator? Why are we still so arrogant? Will nothing affect us?

No dear Muslims, this should not be our attitude. Let’s make a fresh start again. Make a firm intention that we will pray all the 5 Ṣalāhs from now onwards. If for some reason we miss a Ṣalāh, do not go to sleep until we pray that Ṣalāh. We should also make an effort to pray all our past missed prayers (Qaḍā Ṣalāh).

In this way, we will never go to sleep with any outstanding Ṣalāhs, اِنْ شَاءَ الَّلهُ.

Remember, after Imān, the first question on the Day of Judgement will be regarding Ṣalāh. We know the question. Let’s prepare the answer.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala


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