Coronavirus is not something to take lightly. The pandemic threatens our sense of safety, evokes strong emotions, and restricts our activities. But there are three reasons to avoid states of fear.
Actions ≠ Outcomes: We panic because we can’t find supplies, but God loves submission. Submission is looking for ways to solve the problem, without forgetting His Higher Power. Someone can take perfect actions and still get Corona, while another works with infected people and stays protected. This reminder removes the burden of self-sufficiency.
Intentions = Outcomes: We are scared for older and immuno-deficient relatives because they are vulnerable. To protect them, remember that your intentions give power to actions. Set intentions before entering your home and interacting with family members. This way, you can be sure you did your best. The Prophet (SAW) said: “Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what he intended.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
Fear Lowers Immunity: Expressing fear is very unconstructive. Scientists have found that strong negative emotions can result in nervous system imbalance. In other words, fear can lower your immune health . Be mindful of how you speak about Coronavirus. Instead of filling your family with doom-and-gloom scenarios, it is better to speak words of calm faith while providing instructions. The Prophet (SAW) said: “There are no omens, but the best of it is optimism.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
 Ravven, Wallace. “Signals from Nervous System Influence Immune System”. UC San Francisco, 15 Nov. 2011.
By Nahla Ogeil