Ever since the outbreak, of COVID-19 social lives of people all over the world have shrunk. Many people developed responsible behaviour amid COVID-19 by staying indoors to save themselves and their loved ones from this contagious disease. Usually during Ramzan, Muslim community indulges in special prayers at the mosques and crowded iftar parties and dinners that stretch for hours. However, this time mosques will not be crowded, daylong fasts will be broken in isolation and in some places the calls to prayer that rally believers together will end with a different encouragement: worship from where you are. This brings a much-anticipated question to our minds: how can Muslims observe the month of Ramzan in its true essence during lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing and a pandemic?
Embrace the Reality
For starters, one should fully accept the reality of the this period as it is and cherish the unusual atmosphere it is going to offer. Yes, this year, Muslims around the globe will not be able to attend iftar dinners, offer prayers at the mosques or go out for a cup of coffee after the evening Azaan, which marks the time to break the fast. But times like these also provide some surprising opportunities.
Self-reflection and Connection with God
Ramzan is not just about fasting and iftar meals. It is also a month to repent and re-bond with the Creator and reflect upon our deeds. Reflect upon your shortcomings and try to better yourself in different ways.
Call Your Loved Ones
Last Ramzan, some of us might have forgotten to call our uncles or aunts. Or perhaps some of us forgot about inviting our parents to an iftar dinner. This Ramzan could become an amazing opportunity to self-reflect and better appreciate our loved ones.
Help with Household Chores
I am sure many of us do not have any house helper at the moment to take care of the household chores. Therefore, it’s important to engage ourselves in household chores and do our part so the other members of the house do not feel burdened with all the work. It is time that we fulfil our responsibilities and learn to compromise.
Take Necessary Precautions
It is important that we keep ourselves aware of the ongoing situation due to COVID-19 and, therefore, maintain all the precautions to prevent the virus from affecting us. As the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned, “If you hear of an outbreak of a plague in a
land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.” So stay home!
Ramzan is the time of year all Muslims look forward to. This year, being alive and well during Ramzan in lockdown is something we should be most grateful for. Therefore, celebrate this month while maintaining all the precautions. Instead of going to fancy restaurants for pricey iftar meals, everyone can create their own feast.
Due to the ongoing situation, many people are unable to afford basic necessities such as food. Be empathetic towards them and instead of going extravagant on meals, help in this crucial time by providing meals to fellow Muslims who are unable to afford food at the moment and earn Allah’s blessings.
Show Solidarity and Care for Others
There are many ways you can help those around you.
• Follow your doctor’s advice, and social distancing guidelines. It helps protect people that are most vulnerable in your communities and reduces the burden on the care-takers and hospitals.
• Provide emotional support to people via phone calls or messages as this can be an extremely lonely time for many of us.
• The most important thing you can do is to help limit the spread of misinformation and create awareness about basic dos and don’ts by only promoting advice from experts and reliable sources.
• Share the scarce resources, be considerate while shopping and offer to help those who are not able to access necessary protective goods that are in high demand.
Boost Your Immune System!
And while you’re at it, don’t forget this Ramzan that our first line of defense is to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Following general health guidelines is the best step you can take for naturally boost your immunity. Our body, including the immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies. Some of the strategies that we can adapt include:
• Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
• Exercise regularly
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Get adequate sleep
• Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently, using sanitizer and wearing a mask in case you go out
• Try to minimize stress HH
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