Uk News Ramadan 2021: I may be breaking fast over FaceTime but the holy month will no less meaningful this year United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - As Muslims we all hope to leave the month better than we came into it - that sentiment still very much applies in the pandemic
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Ramadan is a time like no other. It’s a month usually full of people coming together as one big family to fast, worship and reflect on the past year. We’re all united with a sense of purpose, togetherness and generosity— there’s nothing like breaking your fast at the end of the day at your local mosque, surrounded by friends and family.Last year, due to the Covid pandemic, Muslims around the world had to forsake their treasured traditions for the safety of the global community. For me, it meant no more Taraweeh prayers at the mosque, my friend Maryam’s yearly Iftar party cancelled and no chance to meet with the wider community. It was a very different month indeed, and often felt unsettling, but it also provided me with the opportunity to spend some time with myself evaluating my own faith and reflecting on the past year. There’s no doubt that Ramadan in 2021, which begins on Monday, will once again be different. While lockdown restrictions have somewhat eased, the month won’t be like pre-Covid times. i's opinion newsletter: talking points from todayEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.This year, I’ll be away from my loved ones for the most of the month as I am returning to university after the Easter break. I’ll be breaking my fast over FaceTime with my family, or when I can, sharing a meal with a university friend outside.It’ll be a completely different experience for me, and while I have no idea what to expect I hope to use it as another opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months. If we look closely, the lessons from the pandemic and what we learn as Muslims during Ramadan are very similar indeed.Contrary to popular belief, Ramadan is much more than simply avoiding food and drink from dawn to dusk. It’s a month of becoming closer to our faith, in many different ways. It’s a time where we see the very best of the Muslim community – especially when it came to generosity in the early days of the pandemic, which coincided with Ramadan last year. Charity is one of the five pillars of Islam.
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.However, charity isn’t just in the form of bank-notes and pennies. Sharing food out with neighbours (a yearly tradition in my household), frontline workers in the pandemic working flat-out to save lives while fasting, and community groups organising help for the vulnerable in our community all count too. I will be helping my mum, before I leave for university, prepare platters of food to give out in our local neighbourhood and will share sweets and dates with my friends. I also plan to give more money to charity – especially to help vulnerable communities who have been hit hard by Covid-19 in the UK. Ramadan is also a time of thankfulness, reflecting on the blessings in our lives. After seeing the way people’s lives have irreversibly changed because of Covid-19, I will be joining many Muslims in being more thankful than usual. Mostly because I’ve had the chance to spend another Ramadan, alive and healthy. I have friends who have lost very close relatives to Covid-19, and can’t say the same. At the end of the month, we pray that we have the opportunity to live long enough to see Ramadan next year. I will be especially grateful that I have the chance to do so, unlike many others. Muslims up and down the country will have many empty seats at the table during Iftars this year – seats which were filled the year before. Read More When is Ramadan 2021? Start date, UK timetable, when Eid al-Fitr falls and the meaning behind fasting Ramadan is also known as the month of the Quran, because that’s when the first verses were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. In pre-Covid times, the Imam would recite the Quran during congregational prayers in the mosque — we aim to complete the entirety of the Quran during the month. This year I will be doing daily recitations by myself and encourage other Muslims to do so in their households.As Muslims we all hope to leave the month better than we came into it – that sentiment still very much applies in the pandemic. It might feel different but the fundamentals of it are still very much the same.Zesha Saleem is a freelance writer and student doctor
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