How to Stay COVID-19 Free During Ramadan
Ramadan began on the 24th of March (the 25th of March in Pakistan) for most countries. Mosques remained closed during this time.
However, authorities in Pakistan have promised to keep mosques open during the pandemic. Apparently, they have given in to religious groups who pressed them by claiming they will take ‘certain precautions’. Mass congregational prayers will continue during the COVID-19 panic.
The result has been panic across healthcare professionals in the country, who state that this step will devastate the current COVID-19 situation in Pakistan. To top it off, the Utility Store union has closed operations until the demands they have made are met. What with prices of fruits and vegetables quadrupling, this makes shopping for Ramadan supplies all the more difficult in the country.
Nonetheless, it is crucial to prioritize and stay safe during the pandemic. We can all play our part and stop the spread of COVID-19, even during the holy month of Ramdan when public gatherings are usually a norm. Where we might have had large Iftars and tarawihs with friends and loved ones, we will now have to stay indoors most of the time.
Here are some ways you could stay safe and healthy while observing this holy month as a Muslim. Remember, the struggle is not yours alone as there are 1.8 billion Muslims who are going through similar situations.
Host virtual Iftars during the 2020 Ramdan.
We understand this will be nowhere as enjoyable as a regular Iftar, but why not put Zoom to a use other than a university lecture or office meeting? Get your best plates out and cook yourself a small feast as you seat yourself for a virtual Iftari. With your friends. That should be a new experience!
Try to boost your spiritual connection.
Here’s a chance to strengthen your connection with God. Instead of spending time throwing expensive, time-consuming buffets and dinners, take out a Quran or meditate a bit. In fact, there are so many people who have started praying regularly with the start of the lock-down. This is a silver lining to your prayer schedule.
Experiment with new recipes each Ramadan day.
Take each day as it comes. While you’re at it, there’s no need to continue making pakoras and aloo chaat every single day. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with new ingredients (that you’re well-stocked with, hopefully) and new foods. For example, hummus with some pita bread is a filling and delicious choice for Iftari. Also, it is very healthy! So avoid packing on more weight with oily foods and load up on some healthy alternatives. What’s more, you now have the time to properly indulge in new recipes.
Avoid congregational prayers.
Although Pakistani officials are reopening mosques for congregational prayers, play your part. Avoid going. It is painful to miss out on taraweeh and having to perform it in the confines of the house instead. But your health is vastly more important. And the health of others. Chances of contracting the infection or of infecting someone else increase drastically in groups.
Engage in new learning activities.
Remember that Surah you wanted to learn, but never had the time? How about a dua that has changed the lives of others around you? Grasp this time to learn new ayahs and duas. This will make your days more fun – learning is never boring! Besides, it may even prevent depression and cabin fever. It’ll take your mind off the daily stress.
It is understood that many aspects of the COVID-19 have been exaggerated. In fact, there are several myths that have been debunked. But there are many facts. And during this Ramadan, let’s stay safe and enjoy Ramadan nonetheless.