PublicNews18: The Muslim holy month of Ramadan 2020 will begin on April 23..
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan 2020 will begin on April 23The Holy Book of the Muslims was revealed to the Holy Quran in the same month.
Muslims fast and refrain from eating and drinking during the daytime to stay in the faith and draw close to God.
Then every evening at sunset, family and friends gather for a lunch break. Many people go to mosques to pray.
It seems that this year will not be possible for many people around the world.
South Africa has been in lockdown since the night of March 26, and people have been allowed to leave the house only for essential reasons, such as buying food or medicine.
Lockdown will continue for up to three weeks but can be extended.
Sattar Parker is the spokesperson for the Holy Quran (one of the largest mosques in the country) located in Cape Town. About 500 people are associated with the mosque.
They say they are holding gatherings through another app besides YouTube and Facebook.
“There is a strong possibility that we will not be able to celebrate Ramadan in the traditional way this time,” he says.
‘Right now, we have to wait and see how things are going.
A group of young Muslims in the UK is trying to use this new reality as an opportunity.
The Muslim Tent Project usually holds an event called Open Iftar. They camp in a famous place like London’s Trafalgar Square and invite people of all faiths to join them for a meal.
This year because of steps such as social distance, they are trying to arrange a virtual iftar on the first day of Ramadan and they hope thousands of people will join it.
“We are definitely dreaming,” says Rohma Ahmed, who works for the Muslim Text Project.
His team is sending people packets from recipes to games, to everything else, for a great iftar.
The Zoom Iftar will continue throughout Ramadan.
“The evening prayer, which is called the West, is when we all break (fast) together,” says Rohma.
‘Everyone can join in prayer.’
For Rohma and her team, social media is a way to keep the conversation going and they are asking people to share their Iftar experiences.
“We have no feeling that because we are physically away from each other, we have to spend this Ramadan alone.”