It is a rare flower that blossoms once a year and though it may seem different this time around with the ongoing Pandemic disease where no assemblies religious, political, or family are allowed, the internet remains a blessing in this season and a platform where Muslim faithful can virtually celebrate Ramadan together.
The holy month of Ramadan, observed by fasting from dawn to dusk, entails observing themes such as sacrifice, discipline, devotion, empathy, gratitude, and generosity.
For years it has been all about coming together in fasting, prayer, and sharing, all aimed at building a heightened sense of spirituality both individually and communally. Sharing platters of dates to breakfasts, the call to prayer reverberating through the halls of packed mosques, filling empty stomachs with mouth-watering nightly meals (iftars) have been the norm but with the current social distancing measures in place, prayers, charity work, seeing friends and family during Ramadan all may have to take place online or at home.
While most Muslims would routinely fast during the day and participate in group prayers during the appointed prayer times during this season, this time around this could be dangerous following the deadly CORONA virus. This Ramadan, it’s best that we continue social distancing as advised by our health experts. Because of COVID-19, which is sweeping across all countries, we all must play a part to stem the spread of the virus.
The meanderings of the faithful after Taraweeh to the marketplace, malls, or other venues of social gathering into the late hours of the night will have to be curtailed and limited to within the four walls of one’s home.
The fact that we are facing tight lockdowns, curfews, mosque closures, and bans on gatherings owing to the pandemic, does not mean the end of communal prayers. As a result of technology, Muslims can still fellowship together through teleconferencing, Skype, WhatsApp, zoom, and other social media platforms.
The holy month of Ramadan, observed by fasting from dawn to dusk, entails observing themes such as sacrifice, discipline, devotion, empathy, gratitude, and generosity. True faith is being concerned about the welfare of others and this has been evidenced by charitable giving, community service donating masks, and the delivering groceries and iftars to those in need during this pandemic period. Islam serves to promote peace hence adhering to the guidelines laid down by the government enhances harmony.
Coronavirus knows no barriers. It does not discriminate. Please protect yourself and your loved ones by following the guidelines established by the ministry of health for your protection. This Ramadan, stay indoors and stay safe.