Fasting, held from daybreak to nightfall during Ramadan month, is among the 5 essential pillars of Islam. In Muslim societies, this month has at all times been a time to rejoice household ties and loved ones. For 30 days, Muslims collect at iftar, the fast-breaking meal at sundown, for the ever-enchanting sense of affinity and friendship. This apply is so widespread and well-endorsed by Islam that solitary iftar meals are thought-about a tragic affair.
That brings a much-anticipated query to thoughts: how can Muslims observe the month of Ramadan in its true essence during instances of lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing and a pandemic?
Well, for the white-collar workers, who often don’t or can’t discover the time to spare for loved ones due to heavy workloads or each day chores and the busyness of “massive metropolis life,” this Ramadan might be an surprising opportunity.
Embracing the fact
Whining all day concerning the grim actuality of the Corona Virus pandemic helps nobody. One can spend their time pondering what-ifs, like what if China had managed to include the virus in Wuhan, and if onlys, like if solely folks practiced self-quarantine, social distancing measures and hygiene guidelines. One can proceed to fear concerning the scores of individuals which were contaminated and died all throughout the globe. But what assistance is all this complaining? Complaining might be a human trait, however realism is the best way to go. This virus remains to be at our door and we simply have to proceed to keep residence for a short while longer.
So, with mere days left for Ramadan, what’s the most rational factor to do? Stop whining and act, for starters, one can absolutely settle for the upcoming interval as it’s and cherish the bizarre ambiance it’s going to supply. Yes, this yr, Muslims across the globe is not going to be in a position to attend congregational iftars, apply muqabala (reciting the Quran to one another at mosques) or exit for a cup of espresso after the night adhan, which marks the time to break the quick. But such instances may additionally present some stunning alternatives.
Digitizing the traditions
We are a number of the luckiest folks to ever exist. Why? Because we will order meals on-line, do our procuring on-line and may even “exist” on-line with all of the social media profiles now we have.
So why not observe Ramadan on-line as good?
Last Ramadan, a few of us might have forgotten to name our uncles or aunts. Or maybe a few of us forgot or straight out didn’t care about inviting mother and father to an iftar dinner. This Ramadan may develop into a time to self-reflect and higher appreciate loved ones.
Technology’s wonders render what was inconceivable 30 years in the past right into a traditional prevalence. FaceTime, Skype, Discord, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo and Houseparty will all do the trick, and you’ll be videoconferencing with relations and buddies very quickly – however possibly keep away from Zoom, presently mired in a number of webcam hacking scandals. With a easy setup, like an inexpensive tripod and your telephone dealing with the iftar desk, you may dine along with your loved ones in real-time.
Preparing a suhoor, the meal earlier than beginning the each day quick within the morning, or an iftar meal? Why not go dwell on Instagram for your loved ones and buddies, in order that they will draw inspiration out of your recipes and even put together the identical scrumptious specialties you’ve to supply?
Ramadan shouldn’t be solely about fasting and iftar meals, however it’s also a time to repent, rebond with the creator and replicate upon one’s deeds.
During daytime in Ramadan, Muslims flock to mosques for muqabala. As we’re going by means of a harmful pandemic, this apply is not going to be a good suggestion this yr.
So as a substitute, why not discover a muqabala associate – maybe a sibling or a mum or dad, family or buddies, and recite the gorgeous phrases of Allah to one another in real-time? A easy app and a telephone will be all that’s wanted.
Perks of dwelling collectively
Even although Taraweeh prayers will be individual-only for folks dwelling alone, households or housemates dwelling underneath a single roof can carry out the prayer collectively, identical to at mosques.
Only two folks will be sufficient for a Taraweeh within the type of salah al-jama’ah (congregational prayer). So, if a Muslim has a housemate or a partner, they will carry out a congregational Taraweeh at residence and expertise the spirit of unity during the month of Ramadan.
Keeping conscious of the Corona Virus hazard
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, taking precautions will proceed to be necessary for some time longer.
As Prophet Muhammad warned 1,400 years in the past: “If you hear of an outbreak of a plague in a land, don’t enter it; but when the plague breaks out in a spot if you are in it, don’t go away that place.”
Celebrating, it doesn’t matter what
Ramadan is the time of yr all Muslims look ahead to. Faithful all over the world have been ready for these 30 lovely days to reconnect with Allah. If we have a look at the present state of the world from a strictly non secular perspective: this yr, being alive and good during Ramadan in self-quarantine might even be the primary and foremost factor to be grateful for.
As Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I, also referred to as Suleiman the Magnificent, as soon as mentioned in his poem, “There is not any worthy factor like prosperity among the many people. There is not any prosperity like a breath of well being on this planet.”
Observing Ramadan, this yr will evidently require some additional effort. While staying at residence, all folks want to proceed to strictly abide by the foundations of hygiene. Instead of going to fancy eating places for a dear iftar meal, everybody can create their very own feast.
Again from a non secular perspective, being thrifty is already one in every of Islam’s many teachings, so this additionally might be an opportunity to replicate upon some probably extravagant habits. Instead of spending some huge cash on a easy meal, it’s doable to notice the wonders of meals for a fraction of that sum.
This Ramadan will certainly be a primary probability to self-reflect and rejoice loved ones and friendships. May all Muslims worldwide welcome the subsequent Ramadan with the distinction and resolve of getting left all their difficulties behind.