It is all over the news- millions of job losses globally and the situation is becoming even more frustrating. Destroying family relations and most importantly humanity. People are becoming more desperate to the extent of doing things which are against their religious teachings in order to get or secure their jobs.
The situation of job loss comes with tremendous consequences especially when unexpected. These could be physical, psychological, emotional or financial. However, this article looks into simple means by which Muslims could cope with trying moments associated with job loss in a spiritual manner.
- Remember Allah is Ar-Razzaq (the provider) of Everything You Have
It is never as easy as it may seem to be yourself in moments like this. Thoughts of how to survive, provide for the family, and a lot more fills our minds. But “In the remembrance of Allah does the heart finds solace” (Q 13v28)
It may not cross our minds easily “to remember Allah” but it is mandatory upon muslims to be in constant remembrance of their creator as every activity of our lives are by his wish. Undoubtable, we must ensure to always remember that both our employment and unemployment are by his grace.
- Revive the Practice of Daily Dua
It’s true that work gets in our way, preventing us from doing a lot of things that will gets us closer to our creator. Fortunately, times like this provide us the opportunity to do more zikr, involve in long deep dua, seek Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. Furthermore, pray that Allah grant us the zeal to adopt critical coping mechanisms that will enable us cope during trial moments such as job loss.
- Create a support group with Other Unemployed Muslims
As we know, isolation is the source of bad thoughts. Try to meet with other muslims within your neighborhood going through similar trails, preferably on Fridays after the jumuah prayers or groups that offer support and networking opportunities around your community. Furthermore, you could create a group or encourage your masjid to introduce a muslim unemployment support group, where they can offer counseling to Muslims struggling with emotional and psychological aftermath of job loss. Also share spiritual ideas and offer collective dua for one another.
- Give Small, Steady Sadaqa (charity)
Most times we think donations are limited to huge sums. whereas, in real sense little amounts from a million muslims makes the bulk of the charity. Besides, most of the donations sustaining non-profit institutions today did not come from huge donations, rather little bills which add up to make millions. Muslims must learn to understand that, it is never too small. it is how consistent it is given and the barakah (blessings)- that’s most fundamental. The prophet (SAW) said; “the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even though it were little” (Bukhari).
- Don’t Neglect Non-Monetary Charity
Charity is not only restricted to money, there are other forms of charity and the simplest of them is our “smile”. We shy away from islamic gathering at times simply because we feel we cannot contribute monetarily, which contradicts our Islamic teachings.
The Prophet (SAW), was once asked about fulfilling the Islamic obligation of giving charity daily, and he said; “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.”
Volunteerism of all kind helps you, as well as others in need of your help. In addition, it will not only help you fight depression but also help regain a sense of empowerment.
- Reconnect with Your Family
It’s a common attitude with parents when they are going through hard times to remain in seclusion. Although we can never tell, but some situations in our lives are there to strengthens us. It might just be an opportunity for us to get to reconnect with our loved ones. Visit your parents, spend more time with the children, help your wife at home, pray together, create time for family get together, try to catch up on all the moments you weren’t there. Reconnecting in difficult times in our lives can go a long away in helping us cope better. Otherwise, stress can get the better part of us creating a negative family atmosphere.
- Be Like the Birds
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mean mimic the birds but it merely means free your mind, free your thoughts by trusting in Allah, rely on him through persistent dua and do good deeds purposely for his sake.
The Prophet (SAW) said “If only you relied on Allah a true reliance, He would provide sustenance for you just as He does the birds: They fly out in the morning empty and return in the afternoon with full stomachs” (At-Tirmidhi).
We can never understand what it feels like in moments like this but in any case, we must always remember to trust in Allah, make sincere dua for ourselves and others in similar situation. The Prophet (SAW) said: “The Dua of a Muslim for his brother in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial Dua for his brother the appointed angel says, ‘Ameen. And may you also be blessed with the same'” (Muslim). May Allah (SWT) continue to be our strength through good and bad times.