A question may arise in a person’s mind that if illness is such a great blessing and has so many rewards and benefits, then why should we want to make dua or resort to medicine for its cure? In this regard, I would like to mention an incident:
Hadrat Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thānwī rahimahullāh narrates that the great spiritual mentor, Hadrat Hājī Imdādullāh rahimahullāh was once discussing the positive aspects of illnesses. Coincidentally, a person came to request Hadhrat to make du‘ā for his wife who was ill. Hadrat Thānwī rahimahullāh mentions that I thought to myself, ‘How will Hadhrat make du‘ā for the lady as this will entail asking Allāh Ta‘ālā to take away a blessing granted by Him?’
Hadhrat Maulānā Ashraf ‘Alī Thānwī rahimahullāh says that Hadhrat Hājī Imdādullāh rahimahullāh supplicated: O Allāh! Health is a blessing and illness is also a blessing; however, we are incapable of enduring the blessing of illness, so change it with the blessing of health which we are able to endure (happily).
In conclusion, a believer should always keep acquiring the Pleasure of Allāh Ta‘ālā in mind and regard every situation and circumstance a blessing from Allāh Ta‘ālā. Surely, no situation will be an adversity for him if he learns to face it in the correct manner. Hence, the current pandemic of Coronavirus should also not over-concern a believer. A person should take all preventive measures and thereafter if he remains safe, Alhamdulillāh, and if he is afflicted then too, Alhamdulillāh, as he will be blessed with numerous spiritual rewards and benefits that he will reap in this world and the Hereafter.
Adapted from the writings of Hadhrat Maulana Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah