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In 2020, Ramadan will be from 23/24 April to 23/24 May 2020.Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, meaning they abstain from eating, drinking or engaging in sexual relations for the duration of their fast.
Ramadan 2020 will be a very different experience for Muslims during the COVID19 lockdown in accordance with public health advice. At present, it is unlikely that social distancing measures will be lifted and we will be able to return to our normal routines. As such, congregational acts of worship for Muslims outside of the home will still be suspended to stop the spread of the virus.
It is important to plan our Ramadan activities given these restrictions.
The Muslim Council of Britain has offered the following advice to consider:
- Online – Stream Islamic lectures or taraweeh to your home, either pre-recorded or live.
- Prayers – Organise prayers including taraweeh at home as a family and pray as a congregation in the home. Since it is no longer possible to do I’tikaf in the mosque, consider doing this at home.
- Virtual Iftars – Try to organise virtual iftars with extended family and the community through the many online video calling facilities available.
- Plan food – Plan your iftar menus in advance so that you can limit multiple shopping trips and limit exposure given social distancing measures.
- Drink well – Hydrate well for the long work days. Dehydration can lead to tiredness, headaches, lack of focus/concentration.
- Energy foods – Eat high energy, slow burn foods for suhoor (starting your fast) – It is important that you remain energised throughout the workday, especially as we can experience heightened levels of anxiety during these times.
- Breaks – Take regular breaks to reflect and take time for yourself.
- Mental Health – Life can be full, and we try to fill it with more worship during Ramadan. We all want to pray more and this can help with anxiety but it is important to be good to yourself – sometimes it is quality over quantity.
More information on Ramadan through coronavirus, including advice on working and studying from home, virtual iftars, and advice for mosques and prayer house is available from the Muslim Council of Britain