The holy month of Ramadan and Eid are days of celebration, ask any Muslim and their faces will light up with joy. Muslims bow their heads to Allah a lot more this month and read the Quran more frequently. They also try to be kinder and more passionate people. They try to stay away from gossip and negativity.
Before they begin their fast, they eat Suhoor or Sehri which is the pre-fast meal, and every child who still stays with their parents knows how much yelling happens around that time.
Come iftar time, the kids in the family help their mother cook food for the entire family, set the table. Their mouths water from all the yummy food that is placed on the table. Even though they have plenty of food they try not to waste any food.
They also host Taraweeh prayers and a grand feast would be organised.
However due to the circumstances this year no large parties were hosted and no food was sent over to relatives keeping in mind the safety precautions. And since the Government has imposed lockdown people are staying indoors and spending time with their families. This has had quite an effect on the spiritual and social aspect of Ramadan.
During Ramadan, Muslims go out for Iftar (post-fast meal) parties, Suhoor parties, they go to the mosque for prayers, and to the markets for shopping, buying food and plenty more with their friends and family. People obviously miss iftar and suhoor parties. It feels like a major part of ramadan is missing. Although they do everything to keep the spirits up, because they have a lot to be grateful for, it felt very lonely this year.
This year people focused on themselves, in reciting the Quran and offering salat. Since they couldn’t go out to shop for food, they ate healthier food. Also the fear of the pandemic, the desperation to be in the “safe” led to a new faith in Dua’s to Allah.
Team Insydfeed wishes Eid Mubarak to everyone. Hope everyone is safe and sound. May the coming days be full of health and happiness.