Ramadan 2020 will feel different, but we should not be disheartened

Knowing Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

It is understandable for us to feel somewhat worried or unsettled about the impact the current global pandemic will have on this year’s Ramadan. We may have many stresses in our minds about how different the month will be due to everything that is happening. We must remember to be grateful and think about the things we can be doing to make the most of this Ramadan. Allah tells about the significance of Ramadan in the Holy Qur’an:

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn piety and righteousness” (Quran, 2:183)

We should also remind ourselves that nothings happens without the decree of Allah. We read:

“Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely.” (Qur’an 9:51)

Perhaps we would normally have been at work and this time in isolation means we will be spending our Ramadan in a different way to previous years. Perhaps we have more time for our worship because we are at home. We should use this time to pray more, recite more Qur’an and constantly make du’aa to Allah.

We should still strive to be sincere in our fasts even if the circumstances have changed from previous years – Allah sees our efforts. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:

“Whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, and then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)

We must remind ourselves of the significance of Salah and if we find we have more time than we did before, we should dedicate more time to our Salah. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Between faith and unbelief is abandoning the prayer.” (Muslim)

With the time we have we should also read and reflect on the Holy Qur’an as much as we can. We read about the importance of this:

“A Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may receive admonition.” (Qur’an 38:29)

As well as focusing on our Salah, recitation of the Qur’an, and du’aas, we may find that we are around our family more often than before as we are at home. If this is the case, we should aim to help one another with chores and speak to one another. Our religion teaches us that we are rewarded for our kindness towards others.

We should constantly remind ourselves to be grateful for what we have. We may feel upset and unsettled about things like not being able to go to the masjid for Tarawih prayers or not being able to have iftar with our family and friends. We should remember that there are many people in situations that are much worse than this and with much greater worries than this.

People are still having to go to work. Others are having to worry about losing their jobs and about not being able to provide food for themselves and their families. People are suffering from the virus themselves or have lost their loved ones to the virus. Many do not have any family or friends to support them at this time. It is our duty to do what we can within the guidelines given to support our neighbours and communities as well as remember them in our prayers.