This article is updated as of 21 July 2021.
Praise be to Allah.
Singapore is returning to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 22 July to 18 August to combat a rise in local COVID-19 cases.
As Muslims, it is important to remind ourselves that everything occurs by the will and divine wisdom of Allah s.w.t. When faced with trials and adversities, our beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. prayed to Allah s.w.t. through constant invocations with the language of love and servanthood.
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 emphasise the significance and benefits that entail such discipline.
Accordingly, we have been advised by our religious leaders to strengthen our faith in these difficult times and to increase our prayers and supplications to Allah s.w.t, on top of taking preventive measures to help contain this situation including getting vaccinated.
Alhamdulillah, the Muslim community has been lauded for making sacrifices and adjustments to protect one another since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let's increase our dua for those who are sick as we continue taking the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
The beautiful thing is that Allah s.w.t. has promised to respond to our call upon Him.
وَقالَ رَبُّكُمُ اُدعُونِي أَستَجِب لَكُم
Your Lord has proclaimed, “Call upon Me, I will respond to you”
(Surah Ghafir, 40:60)
Here are some Supplications (Dua) from the beautiful prophetic tradition to seek well-being and protection from diseases.
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)
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)
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)
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
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ
Allahumma inni a’uzubika minal baros, wal junuun wal juzam, wa min sayyi’-il-asqam
O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases
(Sunan Abi Daud)
These prayers are encouraged to be read daily, particularly in the morning and in the afternoon.
As part of expressing our servanthood to Allah s.w.t, 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 s.w.t answers the prayers of those who are truly sincere in seeking His refuge.
Let's continue to adhere to the recommended measures by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF):
- Reduction of social gathering group sizes from a maximum of 5 persons to a maximum of 2 persons, with a cap of 2 distinct visitors per household per day. Grandchildren being cared for daily by their grandparents will be not be counted towards this cap.
- Work-from-home to remain the default at workplaces. Employers who need staff to return to workplaces need to ensure no cross-deployment at various worksites and enforce staggered start times and flexible working hours. Social gatherings at workplaces will not be allowed.
- Cessation of dine-in at all F&B establishments (including hawker centres and food courts), with only takeaway and delivery options allowed. All staff at such establishments must continue with the regular 14-day Fast and Easy Test (FET) requirement, which will remain free of charge during this period.
- Cessation of all strenuous indoor exercise classes, including individuals and group indoor sports and exercise activities.
- Mask-off personalised services (e.g. facials, saunas, make-up services) will not be allowed. This will not apply to medical and dental consultations that require patients to remove their masks.
- Reduction of event sizes and event size caps, with mandatory pre-event testing (PET) for some cases. Playing of wind or brass instruments will not be allowed.
Access the latest religious guidance from the Office of The Mufti on dealing with COVID-19 here.
Let's remain united with all Singaporeans and protect one another by being socially responsible.
May Allah s.w.t. protect us and our loved ones from harmful diseases.
And Allah knows best.