Muslims Will Celebrate Ramadan At Home This Year Due To Coronavirus
Millions of Muslims around the world will spend the Holy fasting month of Ramadan in self-isolation due to restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, The Independent reports.
Usually in Ramadan, Muslims gathered in mosques, homes, and streets for prayer, and organized an iftar - an evening meal in this month. However, in 2020, believers are encouraged to stay at home.
So, the Islamic clergy of the UK notes that there is nothing wrong with observing Ramadan at home. "Islam is a very flexible religion, it takes into account all circumstances, so prayers that would be in mosques can be held at home, there is nothing wrong with this, given the current situation, "said Farhad Ahmad, Imam of the London Fazl mosque.
He added that self-isolation is "a kind of natural phenomenon during Ramadan," and in the situation with the pandemic, Muslims have the opportunity to "spend more time praising God."
Speaking about services in mosques, Ahmad stressed that "the desire to pray with other people in a mosque is secondary to saving lives."
He also stressed that Islam allows people who "feel ill or ill" and "go through difficulties with anxiety and depression" during the pandemic not to observe the fast.
According to the British edition of the Evening Standard, the Muslim Council of Great Britain has published a guide for believers, which recommends that they spend Ramadan, fast during the day, and perform iftar at home with their family, using modern communication technologies if necessary.
In addition, the Council has organized a "Large virtual iftar," which Muslims can join online and perform evening worship together.
According to media reports, the authorities of Asian countries where a large number of Muslims live also urge to keep a distance and stay at home. A number of countries organize online events for Ramadan.