As the coronavirus pandemic continues to crumble everything around, Muslims around the world are all set to observe the holy month of Ramadan. Few aspects of our daily life today are not affected by the pandemic, and the same is the case with religious events. Muslims observe fast from dawn to dusk in the month of Ramadan and arrange significant meetings in mosques five times a day on a vast scale and special prayers called Tarawih after the last prayer at night.
As the coronavirus surge, it remains a common question for every Muslim country government whether to allow the religious congregation or not in the hot month of Ramadan. Meanwhile, some countries have already banned all types of mass gatherings on immediate bass during the holy month, while others are allowing it on a limited scale. Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia decided not to allow these gatherings in the said month. Jordan, a country with 95% Muslim population, has also banned all types of prayers at mosques.
This is one of the pictures of how big Muslim gatherings go in the month of Ramadan.
Doctors in Pakistan, a leading Islamic country, plead the government to revert the decision of allowing conditional prayers in the mosques as the government bowed down to the hardliners who said that congregations would be made in any case with proper guidelines. The doctor further emphasized that the country can go into health emergency as the space in the hospitals starts to run out.
Meanwhile, many people, despite the instructions of governments, usually observe these things by following some cleric.
Only proper precautionary measures can save the community from catastrophe
How can this month transform the destiny of almost billion of Muslims if countries fail to implement appropriate guidelines? What will be the status of the virus after this month? How can Muslims contribute to save the world from this crisis in this month?
It is apparent to note here that many of the poor Muslim countries are present in Africa, where the United Nations has already warned the imminent Food Crisis of “biblical proportions” due to COVID-19.
How Far can the Situation go if precautions remain unaddressed?
The answer to this question is simple yet very complicated. It could be an all-out month in raising the cases of coronavirus because the disease is contagious.
Who can forget the case of Patient 31 in South Korea, a member of the church, who affected almost 5400 people directly or indirectly? So, due to the close interaction among the masses, the religious centers are always at the highest risk of vulnerability.
Considering the current pace with which the virus is growing these days, the already steep curve can become stepper if the issue goes unattended.
Suggestion to practice for Muslims:
Meanwhile, Muslims can contribute their part to save the world from the virus. These instructions will surely help the countries to contain the virus.
- Pray at home and don’t go to the mosque, for the virus does not see the religion of the person before attacking him.
- Countries that are allowing conditional congregations need to reconsider the decision. If it seems absolutely necessary not to ban the mosques, proper measures must be enacted by hook or by crook.
- As described by the clerics of Pakistan, 6 feet distance between two people standing horizontally and vertically in the mosques can help to reduce the spread of the virus.
- As older people are most vulnerable to virus attacks, they must realize that they should pray at home in any case.
- The virus is expected to stay on carpets rather than on the floor longer, so mosques should remove mats on an immediate basis.
- Sanitizer must be placed on the gates to sanitize whoever goes into the mosque.
By following these suggestions, the Muslim world can surely survive the COVID-19 spike, which is otherwise impossible.