Ramadan 2020: Fasting Tips During the Coronavirus Lockdown
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is observed as a month of fasting (sawm) and prayer. Millions of people all across the world commemorate this day. Ramadan is observed as Muhammad’s first revelation and is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The annual observance may vary from twenty-nine to thirty days which lasts from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.
During the holy month of Ramadan, fasting from sunrise to sunset is fard (obligatory) for all adult Muslims. However, people are acutely or chronically ill, elderly, travelling, breastfeeding, pregnant, diabetic, or menstruating can avoid fasting. The pre-dawn meal is known as suhur while the feast that breaks the fast is called iftar.
It is also believed that the spiritual rewards (known as thawab) can be multiplied by fasting during Ramadan. During this time, Muslims do not only refrain from food and drink, but also tobacco consumption, sexual relations, and any sinful behaviour. One should devote their time to recitation of the Quran, salat (prayer), and contributing towards charitable deeds. These actions can help in attaining a high level of purity and awareness of God (taqwa). The month of Ramadan can teach self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy. This can thus, encourage actions of generosity and charity (zakat).
Now, that we are clear with our basics. Let us discuss how people can fast during the month of Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic. As we all know, are lives are currently put on a halt due to the current scenario. But, we are in this together and we can fight this. While most of the countries are under a lockdown, observing Ramadan can be a little tricky. But with a few tips, we can get through this and make sure that we follow each ritual without any difficulty. So, here are a few ways that will help you observe the holy month of Ramadan during these tough times:
Keep Yourself Busy
Lying around all day long can lead to hunger cramps. So, it is better to keep yourself busy and your thoughts engaged so you do not think about food. You can take up any activity that interests you that will help you stay busy. If you are working from home, you are lucky. But if you do not have a lot to do, this is a great time to do something fun and productive. You can paint, clean a little, or attend an online course. But be sure that you do not take up anything too exhausting as it will make you even more hungry which is not something you want.
Video Call Your Loved Ones During Suhur
There are a lot of people who are lucky to observe Ramadan with their family members, but some are in a different city or country during this time and cannot celebrate this time with their loved ones. But this does not mean that you have to have suhur all by yourself. You can video call your family members and have breakfast with them. You can also call them during iftar and enjoy a feast with everyone you love. Also, you can have a look at what others have prepared, and if you crave some, you can prepare them yourself the next day.
Avoid Fried and Salty Food
As we all know, fried and salty foods can make you a lot thirstier. So, one must steer clear of meals that can make you feel dehydrated in the middle of the day. Also, the domestic chores have increased a lot since we are home all the times. To carry out all the tasks properly, you need to feel good. Moreover, the weather conditions in most of the countries that commemorate Ramadan are extreme these days. Thus, it is better to have a wholesome suhur and drink a lot of water before you begin with your fast. If you crave some fried foods, you can always relish some delectable meals during iftar.
Help Your Neighbours
While helping and charity are two of the major elements that should be practiced during the month of Ramadan, it makes much more sense especially this time. We are observing one of the worst times, and it is our responsibility to help others. The least you can do is offer food to your neighbours and also to the ones who are in need. Even the smallest efforts will mean a lot and will fetch you a lot of good wishes in return.
I hope that these tips will help you get through Ramadan fasting without any hassle. All you need to do is cherish each moment and consider yourself lucky that you are able to commemorate this occasion.
Ramadan Mubarak everyone!
Stay home and stay safe. This too shall pass.