Since the beginning of this decade, the entire world is at a standstill due to the pandemic. The virus has become a major health hazard to humanity. It has caused a health crisis for many people, notably the elderly and those with pre-existing medical ailments, but it has also affected others who are young and appear to be healthy.
Despite the approval of different vaccines to be given to the populace across the world, various mutants of the virus have created a chaotic situation in second and third waves across the world. In India alone, we have lost hundreds of thousands of lives which were reported till now while the unreported cases and deaths are uncountable.
In these challenging times, we must not forget the fact that either good or bad, what comes to humanity is from the Almighty God. Every event that takes place has divine wisdom and motive behind it. Undoubtedly, this virus has also taught many lessons to humanity.
One of the biggest lessons is that many things which were presumed to be impractical before the pandemic are now proven to be practical. Sometimes we need to look back to look forward. There has been a tremendous development of science and technology from the beginning of this century. Developments in the medical fields have also been very far, but this virus has stunned all the technologies the world has developed. A mere virus has shocked the people who compare Artificial Intelligence with the divine existence and its powers. Today, the Almighty God has proven that no technology can disapprove the reality of God and religion. Even the most powerful people have knelt down in front of a tiny virus. Technological dominance can never be superior to divine wisdom.
The virus doesn’t discriminate against people based on their social, financial or religious status but people do. It has taught us that the lives of seven billion people are linked to each other and are no different from each other. Ultimately, we are children of the same father and mother. We should maintain perseverance while facing difficulties and help the needy without a second thought.
Mankind did not value the oxygen which they have been inhaling free of cost for centuries. Instead, they were so disillusioned with luxury that they didn’t even realise that they are polluting the very atmosphere which gives them the oxygen. For our extravagant purposes, we are also cutting down trees which act as refineries of the atmosphere. This virus reminds us of God’s mercy on human beings that if oxygen wasn’t something that is free of cost then how would people manage to live in the first place. It is the time to thank the Almighty for all His blessings to mankind.
“Remember that your Lord promised: If you are thankful, I will give you more, but if you are thankless, My punishment is terrible indeed.”(Quran 14:7).
One of the key reasons for the emergence of this virus is our disregard for the laws of nature and our failure to recognize the weakness of our delicately balanced ecological system. We did not exercise the requisite patience and care when it concerned the use of natural resources. We created an ecological imbalance to the well-balanced system of the universe.
“Corruption has flourished on land and sea as a result of people’s actions and He will make them taste the consequences of some of their own actions so that they may turn back”(Quran 30:41).
In India, people never imagined that they could ever see the Himalayas from a far-away district in UP which is around 200kms away. The drop in pollution levels caused the clear atmosphere and beautiful view of the Himalayas. People didn’t realize or they didn’t acknowledge that vehicle and industrial exhausts have caused severe loss to the environment. This pandemic has taught us that if we reduce pollution to a great extent, we can witness the beauty of the universe.
Social interactions have been at a grinding halt since last year due to the virus. People are hesitant to meet their loved ones. Those who used to refuse social interactions with their loved ones in pre-covid times are now realising the affection and need for social connectivity. Anyhow, some also took the precaution of social distancing in a wrong way that they started distancing themselves from people itself rather than the disease. We need to remind ourselves that we should take precautions against viruses but also help our loved ones when they are in need.
Even in these testing times, when ordinary individuals are mostly assisting one another, the politics of polarisation, racial, and religious hatred has remained uninterrupted in many parts of the world. We can no longer place our hopes in the hands of powerful political leaders who lack moral authority and are reluctant to unite people.
On the other hand, they strive to discriminate against individuals based on race, religion, or culture. The polarised society can never call for the trust and harmony required to fight the pandemic. Contrary to hatred ordinary people are stepping forward and collaborating with others in society to assist the less fortunate. Powerful political leaders also get a lesson that they should stop hoarding weapons of hatred and act wisely to protect humanity from poverty and other disasters. This virus has taught us introspection of thankfulness towards God for his countless blessings.
If you tried to count Gods blessings, you could never take them all in: He is truly most forgiving and most merciful (Quran 16:18)
Covid reminds all of us that we are weak and helpless in front of God. However, precautions, medical equipment and therapies are also necessary as our Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasised and practised it.
There are some people who disregard all the scientific precautions and treatment and they want all solutions from their religious mantras. There are some people who disrespect all religious beliefs and think that everything is just by the logic of science and technology. Whereas Islam teaches us to practice all the possible precautions and treatments in response to the pandemic and also trust Almighty Allah to ease our affairs.
”Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him” (Quran 3:159).