This Is Qatar wishes everyone and their families a blessed and healthy Ramadan Mubarak.
The Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs announced that 24th April 2020 will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
We are delighted to start this new chapter with hope, love and courage to end all that is harmful and unpleasant in this world. The holy month of Ramadan teaches us to open our hearts with love, stray away from untrue behaviours and help others in need. With these values in mind, we hope everyone has a blessed start to Ramadan.
As we prepare to bring in the holy month of Ramadan, it is also important to remember that as Ramadan approaches, the novel coronavirus is still spreading across the globe. Due to coronavirus, traditional rituals such as prayers in mosques, communal Iftar parties and family gatherings may be affected – as precautionary measures of social distancing to combat the coronavirus.
As the government has taken appropriate decisions to partially close schools, universities, companies and organisations – we can take this as an opportunity to bring light and love into our lives.
Let us celebrate that Ramadan brings unity, love and as the gates of paradise open, it is now an opportunity to bring change, celebrate love and pray for those suffering in this pandemic.
Therefore, it is important to consider our interactions during Ramadan – personally and on social media platforms.
Having family and social gatherings during this pandemic is not advisable, and would only aggravate the spread of the coronavirus. We advise everyone to stay at home and practice virtual interactions. We are blessed to have virtual mediums to communicate, where families living in separate homes can truly feel connected via video calls and messages. We encourage you to take advantage of virtual communications and celebrate Ramadan in a safe atmosphere. The holy month of Ramadan is our test of determination and perseverance. We must free ourselves from weakness and vulnerability, and modify our behaviours to bring the best to the world.
Together we can celebrate the light of Ramadan while fighting this pandemic and praying for those suffering in hard times. Let us all stay conscious, mindful and hopeful for positive change as we observe the holy month of Ramadan.