With the holy month of blessings just a few days ahead from us, it is quite clear that this year Muslims from all over the world will observe fasts during Ramazan under lockdown and restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has brought life to a standstill in most countries in the world.
According to Aljazeera, with strict lockdown and social distancing directives enforced to limit the spread of the contagious coronavirus disease, many of Ramazan’s rituals and traditions will change this year.
In line with a number of preventive measures, especially for the holy month, the WHO “World Health Organisation” has advised using virtual alternatives, for social and religious gatherings, to read the report.
Month-long Ramazan bazaars with stalls selling foods, and clothes, usually busy sites, are not allowed in many countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei.
Congregational prayers are not allowed in several countries, and many mosques have been “temporarily” closed.
Saudi Arabia has called off the Taraweeh prayer at mosques, as has Jordan, urging citizens to offer them pray at home.
In Iran, which is one of the region’s hardest-hit nations Supreme Leader Ayat Ullah Ali Khamenei has also said people to avoid collective prayers in order to stem the spread of COVID-19.
In order to communicate and hold on to the vibe of the month of Ramazan, Muslims will be able to attend religious lectures via video-conferencing app Facebook, Zoom and YouTube.
People will be allowed to offer prayers at the mosque in Ramazan but must abide by security roles. These include bringing prayer mats with you, performing ablution inside their homes, standing six feet apart and not shaking hands each other.
The faithful can learn a number of lessons from the restrictions this year as they are encouraged to observe the holy month of Ramadan more modestly.