We live far away from modern society, nearly in the wilderness. Nature, mountains, simple living, few people in small villages and at the moment a beautiful spring scenery everywhere around, subhanallah.
It’s my conscious choice to live here, far away from fashion and trends, and not to watch or hear news nor to read newspapers. And I am very thankful to have this choice, alhamdulillah.
I prefer to live as natural and uninfluenced as possible from mainstream opinion and media.
But we live in times of virtual media, and whether I want or not, the really big or important topics reach us anyway, as it actually happens with the coronavirus.
Since a few weeks it’s getting a bigger and bigger theme even out here.
First it was more like hygiene information in school; then several friends who annulated their travelling to us; the ITB in Berlin and the Umrah to Mecca cancelled; last week stricter border controls and all flights and the seaway between Morocco and Spain closed; and now we have to temporarily close our school. Mashaallah.
So, Covid-19 affects us all, wherever we live, whoever we are.
The structures of normal life change and the whole world is concerned.
Social and external contacts are broken down to a minimum – nationwide, but also worldwide.
This forced hermitage, over which we do not have power, is challenging our awareness – insecurity, loss of control, chaos, crisis, shock, total panicking, “run or freeze” …
But I do not want to talk about my fears here, I do not want to talk about the moments I spend thinking about horror scenarios or worse things, audhu billahi.
I know that fear is a total health killer.
I wanna stay healthy.
Yet the unknown is scary.
So, I first pray, and then I look for facts.
It’s quite difficult to find detailed information, or clear facts about the disease and its course and healing possibilities.
I look for reliable, objective, not lurid sources, for different points of view on this virus. I watch out for answers and positive guidelines, for an alternative approach and for leaders who spread encouraging messages.
With every fact I find, the disease gets less scary and loses some of its terror.
As a practicing Muslim, I also know, that we already have a very general cleanliness and an Islamic etiquette that protects us from such disease, God-willingly.
And I understand, that in all that feeling of overpowering, I still have a choice.
Maybe we have to accept what happens around, because we do not have the power to change the outside,
but we have the power to choose our attitude and our response to the realities out there.
We can ask ourselves “what position do I wanna take in all of this?”.
It reminds me of Viktor Frankl and his logotherapy approach (“Men’s search for meaning”) and how he dealt with the reality in a Nazi-concentration camp.
Do I choose to be a duck, that runs with the hysterical crowd?
Or do I want to be an eagle, flying high above and observing the things from a wise (inner) distance?
Do I want to go with the wave, overwhelmed and manipulated by mass-fear?
or do I choose to be a lighthouse, spreading out hope, light and love?
Do I want to remain a victim?
Or do I take positive action?
How can I live my full potential in such times of crisis and change?
Maybe it’s an awakening.
Maybe out of all this chaos and breakdown, a new order will arise?
Maybe it is time to create a new vision for this world?
Who do I want to be then?
How can I find and spread hope in all that happens?
How can I stand still, stay clear, observe the whole and see opportunities in all of this?
How do I want to remind this crisis and myself in it, when everything is over, inchaallah?
I also have faith in God’s predestination and in my destiny (quadr’) and I know that there are trials and tribulations we will be tested with.
A Muslim tries to be patient in those trials; a Muslim knows that Allah will never forsake him, nor will He burden him with a trial that is more than what he can handle.
I have faith and know this too shall pass and that everything happens for a reason, alhamdulillah!
No matter what the affair – in the end it’s always good. Allahu akbar!
And if it’s the end, then as well, it is good.
Let go and led God.
Allāh says in the Qur’ān:
“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient”
“Who, when disaster strikes them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allāh, and indeed to Him we will return.'”
Let’s stay connected, let’s spread hope!
Love, light and peace to all of you!
Salaam aleikoum world, may you be blessed with all things good!