COVID-19: A Time of Solidarity and Reflection! April 8, 2020 by Tasneem Sultan
An organism invisible to the naked eye is threatening humanity’s very existence. As the COVID-19 virus rapidly spreads throughout the world, we are becoming anxious and stressed by the possibility of being infected and losing our loved ones. This pandemic is taking us to an unprecedented national and global emergency, bringing daily life to a standstill. As we do our part in protecting ourselves and loved ones via social distancing, we must also continue to remind ourselves and each other that if we practice precautionary steps described by the health experts, we will beat COVID-19. Challenges exist to increase our strength and patience. The silver lining of this pandemic is that we have become a single global community and have been forced to create more genuine connections with our family, friends, and neighbors that we couldn’t because of our busy lifestyle. Even if we are not all quarantined with each other, thanks to modern day technology, we can talk and see each other with just the touch of fingers. In the mist of this crisis, we can seek opportunities to do something good that needed and use these moments to help our family, neighbors, and community at large at a time of urgent need. The little things count. We are also given the opportunity to be more grateful for the abundant gifts we have: our health, freedom, and our lives; these are all blessing that often we take for granted. This is a moment for all of us to reflect, be kind, and reconnect with our loved ones and neighbors. Although this is a tough time for all of us, we need not sink into the fear presented by the news of infections, but rather use prayers and meditation to decrease stress levels and overcome this virus. No matter your religious ideals, we ask that you pray and hope for a safe future. It is important that our faith remains strong, resilient, and that we support ourselves, our neighbors, and those that are far away. As a Muslim, I recite the verse: So, with distress there is relief. Indeed, relief comes with distress. (Quran, 94:5-6). I pray that the infected are healed and that we have the strength to remain patient and compassionate during these troubling times; and together as a global community we act upon what is right for all of us. We are all in it together! PS. For guidelines as to how to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe, please refer to the CDC Prevention Guide.