Celebrating Ramadan In 2021

Celebrating Ramadan In 2021

Sara Lao

Celebrating Ramadan In 2021

By Sara Lao

April 26, 2021

Ramadan Fasting

Ramadan is an honored month of fasting, introspection, and praying for Muslims. It lasts from April 12th – May 12th for 2021. “It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims,” according to Ramadan. Fasting is when the Muslims don’t eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. Sharing meals with family, relatives, and friends between sunrise and sunset is the way to break their fast. Ramadan is mainly about self-discipline. Can you control your thoughts and actions? Fasting is an opportunity for Muslims to practice this skill. “Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate,” according to the History.com article “Ramadan”.  “For me, Ramadan is a wonderful time to share with others, self-reflect, and spend more time with friends and family,” stated Salima Elsayed.

During Ramadan, Muslims would still go about their normal daily routine: work, school, shopping; “some also read the entire Quran, say special prayers and attend mosques more frequently during this time. “Ramadan is also a month of prayer, charity, commemorating, and reflection. It’s a time where you connect and celebrate with your family,” says Salima Elsayed. All Muslims who have reached puberty and are in good health are required to fast. The sick and elderly, along with travelers, pregnant women and those who are nursing are exempt, although they are supposed to make up for the missed fast days sometime in the future or help feed the poor.

 

Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr means the Feast of Fast-Breaking. This festival is the conclusion of Ramadan and fasting. “Ramadan” notes that “Eid al-Fitr includes special prayers and meals with friends and relatives, and gifts are often exchanged. In 1996, then-first lady Hillary Clinton hosted the first Eid al-Fitr dinner at the White House. President Bill Clinton continued the tradition throughout the rest of his time in office.” For me, Ramadan is a wonderful time to share with others, self-reflect, and spend more time with friends and family,” said Salima Elsayed.

Ramadan During Covid-19

It is well known that we are currently still in a pandemic, but it is currently Ramadan. How will the two phenomenons mix? The virus is making it hard for Muslims to have the holy month’s traditional feasts and long prayers in mosques. Some mosques have opened because the Muslims assumed that there would be fewer Ramadan restrictions this year. Restrictions have been slowly lessening as the vaccines are coming out, and getting the vaccine doesn’t count as breaking one’s fast. “Ramadan is marked by longer prayers, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts with family and friends, though crowded shoulder-to-shoulder gatherings in mosques and large gatherings for meals remain prohibited due to the continued spread of coronavirus globally,” according to an article in the Seattle Times,Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions”. Islam’s most holy site, the home to the Kaaba in Mecca, has been hosting socially distanced praying since 2021 Ramadan commenced. The Muslims would need to pray to Kaaba at least 5 times per day. “Only limited numbers of worshippers were being allowed inside the Grand Mosque that houses the Kaaba to prevent the spread of the virus.” Vaccinated Muslims are the only ones allowed to enter the Grand Mosque to pray. Many Ramadan preparations have been delayed due to the Coronavirus. Some stores have a shortage of food and water, and that makes nighttime feasts difficult to prepare for the Muslims. There continue to be delays and restrictions taking place in the 2021 Ramadan month.