Ramadhan is a month full of spiritual blessing and reward. It is an incredible opportunity for Muslims to reap the benefits of this special month.
However, this year’s observance is different since most of the common practices will not be able to be held as usual.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many countries including Brunei Darussalam to restrict mass prayers including the obligatory Friday prayer, the likes of which the world has not seen before.
With mosques, suraus and religious halls continue to be closed, restrictions have been extended to Ramadhan-related activities like the nightly Tarawikh prayers, Tadarus or Al-Quran recitation in groups and sungkai or the breaking of fast at mosques.
All these are done individually or with family at home. The Ramadhan bazaar too has resorted to drive-through or via online with only deliveries and takeaways allowed.
This is something no one ever imagined and we will just have to get accustomed to observing the fasting month way different than the usual. We must have a positive perspective of the situation and put our trust in Allah the Almighty.
Today, with the COVID-19 situation in the country under control, discussions have been made on lifting some restrictions in stages as announced by the Minister of Health recently, which will come as a relief to many although the fight is not over yet.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs had also announced that restrictions with regards to the use of mosques, suraus and religious halls in the country would be lifted on May 29.
With life slowing down, it is an opportunity for us to practice our faith and values in a different way. We must use this Ramadhan to get closer and spend quality time in prayers at home with our family.
However, we can still make the best of the holy month and enliven the nights of Ramadhan this year with prayers and Al-Quran recitation at home in a safe and controlled environment.