For your own solace.
1. Make use of some powerful dua’s.
These are great to use on any day and situation — but even more prevalent in the face of increased danger.
When leaving the house:
بِسْمِ اللهِ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ
Bismillaahi, tawakkaltu ‘alallaahi, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘illaa billaah. tweet
Translation: “In the Name of God, I have placed my trust in God, there is no might and no power except by God.”
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ . وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ
Subhana alladhee sakhara lana hatha wama kunna lahu muqrineena. Wainna ila rabbina lamunqaliboon. tweet
Translation: “Glory be to Him Who made this subservient to us and we were not able to do it. And surely to our Lord we must return.”
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي. وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي. وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي . يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
Rabbish rahli sadri, wa yassirli amri, wah lul uqdatan min lisaani, yaf kahu kauli. tweet
Translation: “O my Lord, expand me my chest, and ease my task for me and remove the impediment from my speech, so they may understand what I say.”
2. Come to terms with your limitations.
Yes, in the face of adversity, we as Muslims are taught by the greatest among us to stand up for Islam and teach the truth about our faith.
However, like Hosai Mojadedi recommends in her Facebook status, consider limiting your activities and activism to the necessities for a few days. There is no requirement in Islam to put yourself in danger.
3. Always, always, always know that there is no greater protection than Allah (SWT).
Make sure you keep your prayers on time, leave the house in the state of wudhu and keep in mind that nothing happens in this world without His will and permission.
Keep these tips in mind wherever you go and share them with your friends and family.
We may not be able to end these atrocities coming at us at full force entirely, but we can do our best to limit them as much as possible. That being said, no matter how bad things get for Muslims here and around the world, we cannot let fear rule our lives.
Continue to raise your hand in class, speak up for your beliefs, go to work with your hijab on, grow your beards however you want and be the Muslim that you want to be.
This is not the first time in history that Muslims have faced backlash and hatred — look at the lives of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions. Keep safe and remain cautious but retain your strength. And may Allah (SWT) be with us all.
Edited and with contribution by Shanzay Farzan.