5 Ways To Cope With Novel Coronavirus
Love conquers fear. Let’s stay calm and look out for one another.
by MuslimSG 2020-02-03 • 7 min read
2020-02-03 • 7 min read

How to protect yourself from the Wuhan virus

All of us are grappling with the challenge of the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-NCOV) outbreak. Singapore has 18 confirmed cases as of 3 February 2020. It is perfectly understandable to feel concerned and anxious, especially in wanting to protect our loved ones.

Here are 5 things we can do to cope during this period:

1. Keep calm and turn to Allah

Turn to Allah and dua during Wuhan coronavirus

As Muslims, we can remain positive by remembering that everything happens by the will of Allah s.w.t, The Most Merciful and Most Compassionate, The One we turn to in our dire state of need. The Prophet s.a.w. said:

عَجَبًا لِأَمْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِ إِنَّ أَمْرَهُ كُلَّهُ خَيْرٌ وَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ لِأَحَدٍ إِلَّا لِلْمُؤْمِنِ إِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ

Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus it is good for him.

(Hadith by Sahih Muslim)

When we are faced with tough challenges, such as sickness and diseases, let’s be patient and take this opportunity to turn to Allah s.w.t, the Protector. If you’re wondering what supplications you could recite, do read 5 Powerful Duas for Protection Against Harm daily. 

2. Take precautions and maintain good personal hygiene

In expressing our state of distress to Allah s.w.t through supplications or Dua, it is only apt that we also couple it with practical steps to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones from this virus.

Office of The Mufti, in its religious advisory (Irsyad), has advised us to take care of our well-being and exercise personal hygiene. 

Source: Office of The Mufti instagram

Let’s ensure that we are healthy and monitor our health. Exercising personal hygiene includes washing our hands with soap regularly and covering our mouth and nose with tissues when sneezing and coughing. 

If we develop symptoms such as fever, cough, cold or breathing difficulties, ensure that we put on the mask and seek relevant medical assistance promptly.

In addition, we should also consider postponing unnecessary travel to infected areas. If we have to travel, avoid coming into contact with live animals and consuming raw and undercooked meat.

3. Stay away from crowded places when feeling unwell

Source: Office of The Mufti instagram

If we are sick, it is best to be responsible and keep away from crowded places. 

Those who are unwell need not attend the obligatory Friday prayers. In its advisory (Irsyad), Office of the Mufti mentioned that, 

“Islam has provided you with the flexibility of not attending Friday prayers, as mentioned by al-Nawawi in his book, Rauḍah Al-Ṭālibīn. Instead, you are to pray the Zuhur prayer in its place.”

This is in line with the Quranic verse, 

لَيْسَ عَلَى الْأَعْمَى حَرَجٌ وَلَا عَلَى الْأَعْرَجِ حَرَجٌ وَلَا عَلَى الْمَرِيضِ

“There is no blame upon the blind, nor any blame upon the lame, nor any blame upon the sick.”

(Surah Al-Fath: 17)

4. Spread kindness

In times of anxiety, it is always comforting to look around and see fellow members of our community coming together to do good. 

Let’s extend kindness and show the beauty of our religious teachings. We can start by helping to distribute masks to those in need. We can show our appreciation to front line officers, healthcare practitioners, transport staff and many others, who fight hard to contain the transmission of this disease. Let us reassure one another, help each other, and fight this together.

Office of the Mufti also reminded us not to “form opinions and make judgements without care or consideration, such as attributing any unfortunate incident to be a result of committing a wrong/sin.” After all, only Allah s.w.t. knows best the reason behind every incident. As servants of Allah, we do not have the authority to categorically and conclusively declare that any particular incident and calamity is due to God’s wrath. We should be mindful that anyone can become the victims of this virus and we pray may Allah s.w.t., with His mercy will prevent us from being infected by this disease. 

5. Get updates from official sources

Source: Office of The Mufti instagram

Beyond playing our role in minimising the transmission of the virus, we should also play our part by not sharing “unverified news that may cause a stir and create confusion among members of the community,” as advised by Office of The Mufti.

To get the latest on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), do sign up for the Gov.sg WhatsApp channel here: go.gov.sg/whatsapp

We pray that Allah s.w.t. will protect us from harm and grant cure for those who are infected with this virus. May Allah s.w.t. keep us safe always, and make us among those who self-reflect and strive to do better, Amin. 

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