From my own point of view, my agenda is to stay healthy and at the same time not die from boredom and of course, Covid-19.
Despite us finding any possible excuse to go outside, whether it’s for our ‘daily runs’ or irrational bulk-buying, we do morph into ‘ethical band-wagoners’ as we’re conscious of our part to play in delaying the spread of the disease. For now, we simply need to cooperate and just do what’s necessary to survive, even if it means the lockdown period is extended. But what we can’t do is ‘go back to normality’ without truly understanding the implications of this pandemic and implementing exactly what we have learnt into the future to better equip ourselves and future generations.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) states in this famous hadith:
“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; and your health before you fall sick; your richness before you become poor; your free time before your preoccupation; and your life before your death.”Tirmidhi
The seemingly ‘mundane’: our youth, health, wealth, free time and even the value of our life have been elevated for us. Whatever outcomes come from this epidemic, whether I personally agree with them or will continue to argue against, it has allowed me to really think about the future and apply this hadith to my life.
Along with the promise that everything will undergo change, mutability in everything and everyone is to be expected, which could be for the better. What I do to help myself and others and to slow the spread of coronavirus is up to me and likewise the same goes for everyone else. When we realise that our actions collectively can shape the society we live in, only then can we truly learn and adapt from this situation. In the meantime, let’s continue to elevate the mundane and live our lives according to what is important to us.
 Methven, S: Staying Angry, London Review of Books, April 2020
Written by Filsan Hussein