KUALA LUMPUR: This year Ramadan will be a different one compared to previous years as in yesteryears we shall pray Terawih in a group, however, it will not take place this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a press release from Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, she urged Muslims who will be following the fasting month to continue Ramadan activity with their family members as it will fortify the family value.
“Due to COVID-19, we are facing a new norm which changes our perspective of daily life. The pandemic has made us become more disciplined and maintain self-hygiene from time to time.
“Positive lifestyle has to be maintained in this ‘new norm’ as also taught in the teachings of Islam and the National Cleanliness Policy launched last November by my ministry, added Zuraida.
Ramadan is a special month for us to overcome the hunger and thirst and mainly anticipate in the practice of giving alms, reciting al-Quran and be moderate in our life.
Also, during Ramadan month, it teaches us to be thrifty and not to waste food, as there will be no Ramadan stalls throughout the country.
Zuraida urged all the Muslims in this country to extend their prayers to Allah SWT, so the frontliners out there battling the COVID-19, will be given the strength and good health.
InsyaAllah, We Shall Win.
At the same time, she took the opportunity to wish Ramadan Al-Mubaraq 1441H/2020M to all Malaysians and hope all the Muslims will observe the Ramadan month with calmness and adhere to the orders recommended by the government to fight COVID-19.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is also the month during which Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. They refrain from eating, drinking, and any refrain from pleasurable activities.
Ramadan is the month that aims to purify the soul and bring the individual closer to Allah (SWT).
During Ramadan, Muslims fast for a month from the time of the dawn prayer to sunset and spend most of their time in prayer and reciting Al-Quran.
It is meant to purify the mind, body, and soul. Fasting itself teaches many things.
Obedience and dedication for one, as Muslims around the world, undertake fasting as commanded by Allah (swt).
It is ideal training in showing restraint, in order to become good human beings and better Muslims.
What makes Ramadan so special compared to other months is that during this month, the rewards are multiplied.
Every form of worship, every act of kindness, and every good deed was done during this month carries more weight and blessings.