Ramadan 2020: Your to-do-list under Quarantine

by Sonia Jamil

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  • This year's Ramadan is going to be very different for Muslims around the world. However, looking at the brighter side, this is an opportunity to take a step back and deepen our reflections.

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and this is a time when Muslims focus on prayer, fasting, giving charity and religious devotion. The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown its weight on the shoulders of Muslim families who eagerly count days with every turn of the calendar before they're reunited over prayers and mouthwatering feasts.

    Currently, the world is on lockdown: mosques are closed, holy Islamic sites in Saudi Arabia are emptier than ever, and flights are suspended. Nevertheless, let us utilize this Holy month in making ourselves better and developing the habits that shall make the scale of our good deeds heavier.

    1.Self-Improvement

    We all want to act better during Ramadan; the rewards are enormous and everyone wants a part of that.

    • Focus on the good - Say 'Alhamdulillah', and act gratefully for what you got. The feelings of gratitude will ensue.
    • Fix what you can Find something challenging? Shift your focus on what you can fix and start working on it.
    • Find joy in small things At the end of the day, we all have two choices in life- finding fault with everything, or finding joy in everything.


    2. Make a Ramadan quarantine schedule

    Creating a quarantine schedule will provide a sense of productivity. Sticking to a timetable can help you utilize your time wisely. Moreover you wouldn't sit all day wondering what to do next.



    3. Rememorize whatever you have forgotten

    Due to our lack of discipline or no one to encourage us, we forget much of what we've memorized. So if you want the Qur'an to raise you on the Day of Judgement, ask Allah to give you and select a few chapters to rememorize! Use a calendar to help you keep track or follow along with your favorite 'Qari'. Dust off your old memorization techniques.


    4. Highlight a Du'a everyday

    Try learning a new dua's everyday; this is a great way to develop the habit of reciting these dua's daily. You can either write them down in a diary or download plenty of Islamic apps with useful features such as daily dua's.


    5. Launch a prayer group online

    Prayers are a pillar of Islam all year long but in Ramadan they're even more special. We're also used to joining theTaraweeh prayers during the month and the beauty of it is that you get to do that with close friends and family members. Praying in unity is vital since it plays an important role in uplifting the spirits of worshippers, which is why it's important to keep a connection among those used to praying together; even if it isn't physical.


    6. Complete the entire Qur'an

    This year there's no excuse of time. Use this time to complete the Quran, but that doesn't mean just reciting the verses. Take the time to understand the meaning of these verses as well, whether it's in English or a language you understand better.


    7. Focus on those in need this year

    The true essence of the Holy month is really all about helping people. Instead of focusing on what to buy and where to go, this year we have a chance to re-experience the meaning behind Ramadan, whether it's providing meals or giving charity to the needy.


    8. Pray Taraweeh at home

    Just because Taraweeh is no longer being held doesn't mean we lose our nights of prayer! Pray with your family members or on your own. If you do not know any long Surahs by heart, there are scholarly opinions that allow holding the Qur'an to recite from as long as they are in the right order.


    Let us not lose the spirit or reward of Ramadan. We can embrace the unfamiliarity and make this the most rewarded Ramadan we've ever had.

    We wish you and your family a Blessed Ramadan!


    22 April 2020

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