Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for the Muslims.
Ramadan vs COVID-19
Studies may differ around Coved-19 during the fast period in Ramadan. Taking the vaccines “does not invalidate the fast during Ramadan, as per the opinion of the majority of Islamic scholars,” says the statement of the Islamic Medical Association of North America.
Exemption to Fasting
Menstruation(period), severe illness, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. However, many Muslims with medical conditions is not recommended by hadith. Those unable to fast are obligated to fast the missed days later.
Practices for Muslims in Ramadan
- Cultural There are also cultural and generational differences in the way. In some Islamic countries lights are strung up in public squares, and across city streets. Common greetings during Ramadan include: Ramadan mubarak, and Ramadan kareem, which mean “have a blessed Ramadan”, and “generous Ramadan” respectively.
The common practice is to fast from dawn (at start of light) to sunset. The pre-dawn meal before the fast is called the suhur, while the meal at sunset that breaks the fast is called iftar.
Muslims spend more time to prayer and acts of charity, striving to improve their self-discipline, motivated by hadith: “When Ramadan arrives, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of hell are locked up and devils are put in chains.”
Fasting during Ramadan
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking during this time, Muslims abstain from sexual relations, sinful speech, and behaviour during Ramadan fasting or month. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul from sins. Muslims believe that Holy month teaches them to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for people instill compassion for the food-insecure poor, thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity (zakat).
The Rituals of the holy month
During Ramadan, which commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s receiving of the Quran, Most Muslims stay up late praying more than usual, reading the Quran, eating and socializing. Together, all of these disrupted routines create a physical shift, ideally, and spiritual shift, that helps them transcend the self, and align with God.
- Zakāt, often translated as “the poor-rate”, is the fixed percentage of income a believer is required to give to the poor; the practice is obligatory as one of the pillars of Islam. Muslims believe that good deeds are rewarded more handsomely during the holy month than at any other time of the year; consequently, many[ donate a larger portion – or even all – of their yearly zakāt during this month.
- Tarawih are extra nightly prayers performed during the month of Ramadan. Contrary to popular belief, they are not compulsory.
- Recitation of the Quran: Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran, which comprises thirty juz’(sections), over the thirty days of Ramadan. Some Muslims incorporated a recitation of one juz’ into each of the thirty tarawih sessions observed during the month.
Giving back, Social Distancing Mark Second Ramadan in Pandemic
Doctors expected that there will be taken all measures with precautions, they sent a word of caution to our community, even though they want to celebrate, not to let their guard down. Doctors have to focus on saving lives, at the same time we are trying to survive.
The recommendations include plans that include:
- spacing worshipers 6 feet apart
- requiring wearing masks
- limiting mass gathering
- having visitors bring their own prayer rugs.
- Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills, are enforcing capacity limits during prayer times.
Mosques also are enhancing their plans; to tackle charitable giving from safe distances.
The Holy month is an opportunity for Muslims across the world; to increase giving and empathy. It is a time to remember neighbors who are suffered from material poverty, and have found themselves in vulnerable circumstances.