With several mosques being closed and guidelines for partial lockdowns being imposed across the country (and the world) due to the rise in covid cases, the month of Ramadan is no more the same for millions of Muslims around the world. But the spirit cannot be dampened and those observing fasts are seen welcoming the month with hope and delight.
Restrictions Imposed Across the World
The surge in coronavirus cases across the world has put the world to a halt… AGAIN! This time last year, we were in a complete lockdown phase and the time is not far that we could be in-home quarantine all over again. But with the onset of the holy month of Ramadan, people find hope and delight amidst the worsening pandemic situation. In this ninth month of the Hijri calendar, apart from fasting Muslims across the world also pray Taraweeh (the evening prayer) that also stands canceled at several places. A 68-year-old Egyptian Muslim said, “I have been going to the mosque for 40 years so it was definitely a very, very, difficult thing”. “But our religion orders us to protect one another”, he added. Social gatherings at most places are restricted and the partial lockdown has been imposed also that makes this year’s Ramadan different altogether.
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The PM and Other Celebrities Say ‘Ramzan Mubarak’
As India enters its 2nd pandemic Ramadan or Ramzan as some say it, the prime minister of India and several other delegates took to their social media handles to express concern and wish a safe Ramadan to all. The PM wrote, “Best wishes for the holy month of Ramzan” on his Twitter handle with a picture that says “Greetings on the start of the holy month of Ramzan. Ramzan gives an important message of serving the needy and underprivileged. It also reaffirms the importance of equality, brotherhood, and compassion” written in both English and Urdu that is duly signed by him. Other political leaders, TV and Bollywood celebrities also took to their social media handles to wish a Happy Ramzan to all.
Pray More and Be Safe
As we all are in the middle of the pandemic it is desired that Muslims around the world observe fasts and pray mostly inside their houses. They must abide by the covid protocols and do not indulge in unnecessary social gatherings. As Eid-Ul-Fitr comes closer, they are also advised to do more online shopping than to go to markets and indulge in social gatherings. So, observe fasts, pray for the people around the world, do Eid shopping, and stay safe! Happy Ramadan!