Significance Of Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is observed by Muslims globally.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam while others among which are faith (shahada), prayer (salat), alms giving (zakat), fasting (sawm) and pilgrimage (Hajj).
Ramadan is the most significant month in the Islamic calendar and it is the month when the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Mohammed in which Muslims are expected to fast for 29 to 30 days, depending on the sighting of the moon, in line with Islamic tradition.
During the period, Muslims also try to reconnect with their faith through prayers, reading of Quran and charitable giving, as well as rekindling relationships with friends and family.
Fasting is obligatory for Muslims except for people who are insane, minors, travelers, menstruating women, expectant and nursing mothers as well as old people.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women are expected to make up the missed days after Ramadan.
Last year, there was a total lockdown on religious activities to prevent the sprerad of ravaging corona virus pandemic.
Though there has been ease on religious activities Muslims should still continue to observe necessary protocols during this year, Ramadan as covid-19 is yet to be defeated.
Congregational prayers should continue unabated, observers should ensure that they give space from one another as some mosque management have indicated the praying point for earth Muslim to prevent congestion.
Public gatherings like Ramadan lectures should br avoided except when there are provision to control crowd and ensure physical distance while usage of nose masks should be made compulsory either at mosques or venue of such Ramadan lecture in line with covid-19 protocols.
Crowded gathering associated with if tar banquets which is breaking of fast, should be avoided and consider using individual pre-packaged boxes/servings of food. these can be organized by centralized entities and institutions, which should adhere to physical distancing throughout the whole period.
In alternative to social and public gatherings, which are discouraged, virtual platforms such as television, radio, digital, and social media could be employed to pass messages across to the Muslims during the holy month.
It is important to note that healthy diet and proper nutrition and hydration are vital during the month of Ramadan. People should eat a variety of fresh and unprocessed foods every day and drink plenty of water.
Ramadan is also the month in which Allah opens his doors of mercy, forgiveness and blessings.
So, Muslims should pray fervently to Allah to intervene and eliminate the covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world and intensify efforts in good deeds during the month.
As it is believed that Allah answer prayers with speed during this period as gates of paradise are often open while those for hell are closed, Muslim faithful should take upon themselves to always pray with passion.

Rasheedah Makinde

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