Jameela News tells their readers how to maximise COVID-19 Lockdown In Ramadan 2020.
Maximising the COVID-19 lockdown in Ramadan 2020 should be the priority of Muslims around the world, as it enhances spirituality.
Muslims around the world have lamented the individuality this virus has created, as it restricts social activities, especially congregational prayers, eating, feasting and fasting.
In the tradition of Ramadan prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Muslims practice the act of sharing, caring and praying through congregational Sahur (the meal before the fast) and joint iftar (the meal that marks the end of the daily fast).
Also, lectures about the religion, which boosts religious consciousness and the act of congregational prayers to get the full reward of the five times daily prayers Islamically known as Solat.
However, the virus which spreads through human contact has brought a restriction on the practice which has spanned for centuries.
How Muslims can get the full reward and blessings of Ramadan despite the COVID-19
During the time of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), he ordered: “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.”
He also promised those who abided by his order the death of a martyr in these words; “He who runs away from the place of the plague is like the one running away from fighting in the cause of Allah and he who forbears it and stays where he is, he will be rewarded with the reward of a martyr.”
So, Muslims shouldn’t see the lockdown order as a deprivation of worship, rather as a period when they can be close to the Almighty and earn the reward of undistracted acts of worship.
In Ramadan, scholars have advised that Muslims use this period of the year to worship as they have never worshipped before, get closer to their God and become more spiritual.
Here are some tips of spirituality in COVID-19 lockdown:
Worship in seclusion
Although, this might become incumbent on Muslims in the last ten days of Ramadan, practising this before this period in the early days of the month, makes it easy to maximise the full reward of Ramadan.
A family man should endeavour to teach his family the act of worshipping in seclusion, without distractions and having a target in learning about the religion.
Spending quality family time
This is an act that is not only beneficial to the children but it strengthens the bond of the family, when father, mother and children spend more time together at home. The Muslim man has been given the responsibility to toil the earth, leaving the children most times with their mother but this pandemic has given the children the opportunity to know their father and understand what spending a lot of daddy-time with him can be.
The Muslim man learns a lot about his family first-hand and not depend only on what his wife tells him, this way, he can support the woman in raising their offspring, making them exemplary children.
The family is rewarded with the blessing of bonding through the strengthening of the ties of kinship and Ramadan would further increase this blessing because every act of worship in Ramadan is rewarded from 10 to 700 times.
Learning more about Islam
There are various virtual learning programmes on Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and other social media platforms. This can be done from the comfort of your home in a private room without distraction. Ordinarily, the day would have been spent navigating from the house to your workplace with very limited time for these acts of worship and fatigue can be a real distraction since you are trying to combine this compulsory act of worship with your normal daily routine.
However, the lockdown has ruled out these excuses because both the teacher and the learner are at home and more can be achieved without the normal routine of travelling from one place to another to achieve certain goals.
Opportunity to stay healthy
Health professionals have said since the COVID-19 outbreak that staying indoors is a preventive measure against the spread of the disease and it protects every individual from spending their Ramadan fast in an isolation centre and a hospital far away from home.
Healthy practices can be cultivated and taught to the family.