Hadhrat Mufti Taqi Usmani has mentioned that his honourable father had explained to them that when we look at events affecting us, we tend to misread the event. We take it in a negative light and focus on the downside of things. However, the spirit of a believer is that we should try to look at conditions positively and focus on the opportunities and favours that are present and accessible.
So presently, in the coronavirus pandemic, if we have to apply this principle we can say that it is the month of Ramadan and whilst it is not a normal Ramadan environment, to focus on the constraints and difficulties is negative thinking. A more positive way would be to appreciate that Allah Ta’ala is with us and ever-present, the favours of Allah Ta’ala are with us, the Sunnah of Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam is present with us to practice, the mercy of Allah is ever present and encompasses everything. All the promised rewards of the month of Ramadan are available, we are able to fast with ease, engage in Salah, Dua, Zikr and charity. We are surrounded with the bounties and the blessings of Allah Ta’ala in terms of food, family, transport, opportunities to do good, etc.
The challenges that surround us are temporary and circumstantial, which are beyond our control and for that we should be patient and tolerant. In times of trial we should avoid ingratitude, impatience, dissension and strife. Rather we should encourage virtue and do what is within our control.
If we take a patient and positive approach, we will draw from the mercy of Allah Ta’ala and will be rewarded for being steadfast in difficult circumstances.