Ramadan is a Holy Month for Muslims and we have been experiencing the blessings since childhood. Though, amid the crisis of COVID-19, will the month remain the same this year? Regrettably, it will not be, as it could not be either. How this COVID-19 will Effect the Activities of Ramadan 2020 in Pakistan?.
In Ramadan Muslims across the world pray and ask for mercy in the congregation at mosques. People preferred to spend their time in mosques and asked for pardon and “fazlay rubbi”. Reciting Quran, praying salat, and taravee are performed wholeheartedly in the holy month. Unfortunately, Ramadan 2020 will not hold these celestial activities due to the deadly sickness where social distancing is the cure so far.
The Insinuation of Ramadan as per Quran
“O you, who believe. Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious). (Fasting) for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (i.e. an old man, etc.), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a poor person (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast, it is better for you if only you know.” (Qur’an, 2:183-84)
Ramadan is a Course Granted by Allah to Seek Guidance
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days. Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.” (Qur’an, 2:185)
How this COVID-19 will Effect the Activities of Ramadan 2020 in Pakistan?
The world is shoved into lockdown state for an unidentified time, no one knows how long the situation holds to get normal. The Situation of Pakistan is no different than other Countries. So, That’s why we presumed Ramadan will be different due to safety measures.
The Lockdown and Holy Rites
Muslims across the world are dejected for being deprived of to pray at mosques this year. Prayers in the congregation are banned even in the whole Muslim world. Though, Pakistan has opened mosques and issued a plan of instructions that will be strictly followed by mosque authorities.
Maybe no Aitikaf at mosques this year
It is grievously anticipated that COVID-19 would not permit people to sit in Aitkaf at mosques. How circumstances will hold only time will resolve.
It is our societal norm to roam in bazaars during Ramadan for Eid shopping right from the first day of the holy month, eating together with friends and family is also a common practice. Unfortunately, the trajectory of coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan will not let us relish this year.
The Huge Ijtamaas at Mosques to find SHUBAY-QADAR…. Is also Questionable
It is one of our intense apprehensions, that how massive religious gatherings will hold to trace the night of blessings, 27th Ramadan. We are probably bereaved from the conventional celebrations like lightning, the sermons in the mosques, or at homes if the social distancing amid lockdown continues.
Eid will be different too
The lethal viral pandemic has transformed our lives and soared our festive revelries by creating ” impending uncertainty”. How EID holds in social distancing when we are trapped by an infected disease with no drugs and vaccines available. NO ONE KNOWS!
The only remedy is to knock at Allah’s door and seek mercy and forgiveness to suppress the unprecedented predator.