Keeping Positive This Ramadan with COVID-19 - By Sadaf Fatani

Well guys, it’s been over a year now, and we’ve all adjusted to life with COVID. The newness of being at home has long faded away and as the blessed month of Ramadan fast approaches, it might be another year of prayers at home at night and no large iftar gatherings. It was hard enough the first time around, and we ask ourselves, can we do this the second year also? And the answer is YES! Yes we can! 

Our Deen is founded on individual and collective morality and social responsibility. This means that it is our social responsibility to always act in favor of the greater good.  All of our acts of worship and ibaadah are counterproductive if they might be harmful to other people, even unintentionally. I know Ramadan is a special month, a month in which we all want to feel closer to our Creator. However, rushing to the masjid each night and standing for tharaweeh doesn’t have to be the only way to benefit from Ramadan. We have to remember, tharaweeh is a nafl prayer; not even a sunnah – a nafl. Even if you pray all 20 rakkahs for all 30 nights of Ramadan, it does not take place of 1 fard prayer. I am not in anyway undermining this prayer or discouraging individuals from praying it. Please feel free to pray it…at home where you don’t put yourself and others at risk. 

Below are same alternative ways to spend your time productively at home and get in that much needed ibaadah: 

  • Read tharaweeh at home either by yourself or with your family. And no, you don’t have to be a Quran hafiz or hafiza. You can read with the surahs your know or you can pray while reading from a mushaf.
  • Many of the prominent scholars such as Omar Suleiman and Yasir Qadhi had mini Ramadan series last year after Ish’a salaah. Make it a habit to listen to these with your family to attain knowledge and turn into a family bonding experience. You can have family discussions afterwards on what was discussed in the lecture. 
  • Read the Quran with tafseer It could be a little or it could a lot but with all that time to fill in place of tharaweeh, you might be able to finish an entire Quran or 2. 
  • Create a ibaadah competition group with friends to motivate and uplift each other during the month. Pilgrims at Home has a great template they use for the ten days of Dhul Hijjah which can be modified and used for Ramadan. 

If you have additional methods to boost your ibaadah at home or make most of your time to be productive in Ramadan, post your ideas below! 

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