23 Apr RAMADAN during COVID-19 | Safety Guidelines | Averyx Group
RAMADAN during COVID-19: Follow these safe Ramadan practices in the times of coronavirus.
Ramadan Kareem! It’s the time of the year again, the holiest month for Muslims across the globe sweeps in.
This Ramadan, we have a bigger responsibility. Muslims or non-Muslims must ensure compliance to the directives from competent authorities to control the spread of coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guideline on how to practice a safe Ramadan during this pandemic.
Here are some guidelines we must follow and observe:
Observe Physical Distancing
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect millions around the world. The transmission of COVID-19 can be transmitted through close contact between people. During the pandemic, many people are restricted in their movements, but, if restrictions allow, always practice physical distancing.
Social Gatherings are Discouraged
Avoid IFTAR Parties. We understand you miss it badly, but we must help stop the spread of coronavirus. Have it with your family. The traditional breaking of the fast with the extended family (social gatherings) are temporarily discouraged for now in the interest of all the guests in today’s difficult times.
Muslims perform wudu before prayers, which helps maintain healthy hygiene. The following additional measures should be considered:
- Use soap when washing hands as well as hand sanitizers.
- Use personal prayer rugs to place over carpets.
- Proper safe disposal of masks, gloves, tissues, etc.
Healthy Diet & Nutrition
Proper nutrition and hydration are vital during the month of Ramadan. People should eat a variety of fresh and unprocessed foods during IFTAR every day and drink plenty of water.
Healthy people should be able to fast during this Ramadan as in previous years, while COVID-19 patients may consider religious licenses regarding breaking the fast in consultation with their doctors.
Promoting Mental and Psychosocial Health
It is important to reassure the faithful that they can still reflect, improve, pray, share, and care – all from a healthy distance. Offering special prayers for the sick, alongside messages of hope and comfort, are methods to observe the tenants of Ramadan while maintaining public health.
Avoid EID Shoppings
We understand your excitement but to protect humanity, we must do a little sacrifice. Avoid shopping malls, crowded places as much as possible. You can still wear your best available attire.
Pay Zakat or any charity digitally
Avoid cash transactions if possible. Use of digital transfer to madrasas, transfer to bank accounts of your poor relatives, neighbors, friends, orphanages, NGOs. Food ration may be given to the need by maintaining physical distancing.
Please note that these are just a few measures that we as responsible Muslims can take to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do not consider this as Fatwa or Islamic ruling. By adhering to these guidelines, we can appease our minds and rest assured that we can still practice Ramadan without compromising our health or the health and safety of others.