Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston healthcare workers Gul Khan and Uzma Khan – who are not related – have worked through a myriad of emotions surrounding the crisis.
In separate interviews with AboutIslam, both women talked about the toll the situation took when they first became aware of it.
They describe initial bouts with stress, anxiety and fear over their safety and that of their families. However, as some time has now passed, they’ve adapted to their new normal working environment. They have also used Ramadan as a time to put off that negative energy and direct it into their spiritual renewal.
Gul, for one, said the entire situation has given her perspective.
“(Nursing) is my calling, so if Allah decides to take me while I’m doing my job, then this is going to be the best thing that I can do for people and to earn Jannah for myself,” she said.
However, she admits her feelings were a bit different only a few months ago and the stress was impacting her health.
“It was definitely a concern about infecting myself and my family, and I wasn’t sleeping, and the stress is so bad for you,” she said.
“Now I avoid the news. I don’t want to know what’s happening in New York City or in Italy because I can’t control that. I don’t want to bring any negative news into my environment, I just want to help my patients, so I take my precautions, and I leave the rest to Allah.”
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