in times of covid-19

turning social distancing into dialogue and coexistance

Photo: Reuters

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Ramadan is a holy month during which Muslim communities partake in religious rituals like praying and fasting.

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This year Ramadan falls between late April and late May. But as the covid-19 pandemic continues, this months' observance will happen in unprecedented circumstances.

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So how are Muslims worldwide rethinking traditions and finding new approaches to one of their most important religious rituals in times of covid-19?

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Online prayer

Technology has come to the rescue for many worshippers who are using platforms like facebook, instagram and youtube to livestream prayers, lessons and moments of collective reflection.

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Virtual Iftar

Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, and Houseparty are allowing millions of Muslims to organize virtual iftars, break bread together and recreate a sense of communal celebration.

La Moschea, Bouchaib Tanji Ben Tanji

Prayer on air

Bouchaib Tanji, spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Association in Italy, requested few minutes of air time from regional TV channels for the call to prayer with a short reading from the Qur’an.

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More reflection

Islamic leaders are encouraging the faithful to take advantage of isolation to spark contemplation but also to turn the lockdown into an opportunity to rediscover family relationships.

Ramadan for IDPs in Burkina Faso by Henri Wilkins for AlJazeera

More empathy

Charity being a fundamental part of Ramadan, Imams are urging worshippers to think even more about the sick, the hungry and the poor who are heavily impacted during this peculiar time.

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More coexistence

Interfaith dialogue advocates say the use of online platforms could facilitate larger meetings, involving both Muslims and non-Muslims, and lead to a deeper understanding between people.