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A Different Ramadan in Coronavirus Time



  April 21, 2020

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the main five pillars of Islam. In Malaysia, Ramadan is one of the most important times of a year where all of us get to enjoy the spectrum of kuih-muih and socialise with one another during iftar. 



However, to stop the spread of coronavirus, we won’t be getting Ramadan Bazaars’ food in any form this year, not even via drive-throughs, pack-and-pick and e-hailing. 



We believe this news has broken many hearts. However, Ramadan is not just about the fast-breaking bazaar and community buffets. Let’s take these times of lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing and a pandemic as an opportunity for us to observe the month of holy in its true essence. 


Getting Closer to Allah


Yes. Besides the fasting and ‘berbuka puasa’ food, Ramadan is a time to repent, rebond with the creator and reflect upon yourself. 


The dangerous pandemic has stopped you from going to mosques for muqabala, but it doesn’t restrict you to recite the beautiful words of Allah at home, with the virtual companion of your siblings, parents, relatives or friends. 


Let’s connect with your muqabala partner with a video-calling app to recite the al-Quran to each other in real-time. 


Get Together Without Getting Together



Since our movements are being restricted, it‘s impossible for us to ‘balik kampung’ to celebrate Ramadan together with family members. Still, it doesn’t mean that you need to observe the holy month all alone by yourself. 


Why not video-call your mum before dawn to prepare a suhoor together? If you’re preparing a delicious iftar meal, you can go live on TikTok or Instagram for your family and friends, so that they can draw inspiration from your recipes! 


Help Others to Have A Warm & Holy Ramadan


Besides intensifying your worship to Allah and rebonding with your loved ones, the holy month is also the time to reflect on your behaviour in helping others who are in need. 


The Movement Control Order has been enforced for over a month. Many businesses are forced to shut down. Countless people have lost their jobs. If you are still receiving your paycheck, don’t forget to help your siblings, relatives, friends or neighbours who are not as lucky as you. 


If you and people around you are all very lucky people, do reach out to communities that need help. For example, you can consider donating some funds to food banks or buy vouchers from a struggling local business. Check out this article — 10 Ways to Help Others During the Coronavirus Outbreak — for more inspirations. 


A Different & Special Ramadan

Due to the virus, observing Ramadan this year will definitely require some extra efforts. Align with the purpose of fasting, this is a great opportunity for us to learn how to restrain our desires of going to fancy iftar buffets and the once-in-a-year bazaar. Instead, you can create your own feast at home! 


Let’s adhere strictly to the rules of MCO and do all the necessary to help the nation fight against the pandemic. May everyone remain healthy and safe during the holy month of Ramadan. 


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