Praise be to Allah.
The global community is faced with the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus. Singapore has 13 confirmed cases as of 30 January 2020. As a result, Singaporeans were rushing to buy masks islandwide.
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 on its significance and benefits that entail such discipline.
The beautiful thing is that Allah s.w.t. 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”
(Surah Ghafir, 40:60)
In light of recent events, here are some Supplications (Dua) from the beautiful prophetic tradition to seek well-being and protection from diseases.
1. 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)
2. 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)
3. 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)
4. 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
5. 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 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.
Here are some proper steps we may start with, as advised by the Ministry of Health:
In Office of the Mufti’s irsyad (religious advisory) on managing the coronavirus outbreak, here are 3 steps we can take to manage the situation:
First Step: Be cautious and careful
Second Step: Avoid public places if unwell
Third Step: Stay updated with the latest news through valid sources
May Allah s.w.t. protect us and our loved ones from harmful diseases.
And Allah knows best.