Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan


Cairo (AP) — At this year’s Ramadan, Maddy Hafez was anxious to regain an important ritual. At the mosque, we will once again pray for a night group called Taraweef.

Last year, the coronavirus overturned the traditional 68-year-old Egyptian routine of going to mosques to perform those prayers during the holiest months of Islam. The pandemic disrupted Islamic worship around the world, including Egypt, where the mosque was closed to worshipers in the last Ramadan.

“I’ve been to the mosque for 40 years, so it was definitely very, very, difficult,” he said. “But our religion commands us to protect each other.”

Still, “it’s a completely different sensation, and Ramadan’s spirituality is unique.”

Egypt has since allowed most mosques to reopen for a joint prayer on Friday, and for this Ramadan it also has them hold Taraweef with precautionary measures, including shortening that period. I will.

Starting this week, Ramadan is coming because many people around the world have been hit by a violent new wave of coronavirus. For many Muslims navigating the regulation, the regulation varies from country to country, but it means that expectations for Ramadan, which is better than last year, have been shattered by the surge in infection rates.

Ramadan is also a time of fasting, worship and charity, where people usually gather for prayer, gather around festive meals, rest fast and lively cafes all day long, and exchange visits.

Again, some countries impose new restrictions. However, there is growing concern that this month’s joint rituals could surge further.

“The last lack of compliance in Ramadan, the hasty release of the curfew imposed at that time, and the reopening of the congregation’s place … have led to significant consequences that lasted months,” said the World Health Organization. Ahmed Al Mandari said. Director of the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

“There is a lot of concern about repeating what happened in Ramadan last time, especially because Ramadan overlaps with another important holiday, Easter,” he said in an email. Orthodox Christians mark Easter on May 2nd.

In Pakistan, the number of new cases increased from less than 800 per day at the beginning of last month to more than 6,000 per day in the weeks following the end of Ramadan. Authorities attributed this increase primarily to Pakistan’s frouting restrictions. After being depressed, the country is returning to more than 5,000 new cases per day.

Saturday Iran began a 10-day blockade amid a surge in infectious diseases after a two-week holiday in Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

For many, financial difficulties are also imminent over the course of a month. In the war-torn Syria, Abed al-Yasin was worried about what his Iftar (the sunset meal is fasting) would look like this year.

“It would be difficult to even eat fattoush,” said Al Yasin, referring to the salad, which is a staple of his country’s holy moon.

He spends his second Ramadan in a tent settlement near the Turkish border after being expelled from his hometown during a Russian-backed government attack that expelled hundreds of thousands of people last year.

“Our main wish is to return to our home,” said Alyasin, who lives in a tent with his wife, three sons and daughter. He said he relies primarily on food aid. Camp residents recently receive bags of lentils, pasta and bulgur and receive bread daily.

Lebanon has been exacerbated by a pandemic and a massive deadly explosion in Beirut in August, putting pressure on the worst economic and financial crisis in modern history.

“There are times when some people are fasting, whether during Ramadan or not,” said insurance broker Natalie Nagym. She said she could barely cover her food costs, even if she had a job. “What about other people who have lost their jobs?”

To prevent large rallies in Ramadan, Saudi Arabia prohibits mosques from offering Iftar and Shall, which are meals just before the sunrise fast begins.

Many Muslim religious leaders, including Saudi Arabia, have sought to dispel concerns about vaccination with the coronavirus in Ramadan.

With a new infectious disease beyond India’s early peaks, Islamic scholars there should adhere to restrictions and refrain from large rallies, asking volunteers and the elderly to take care of the poor. I appealed to the community.

Ramadan, India last year was hurt by an increase in Islamophobia after accusations that the first surge in infectious diseases led to a three-day meeting of Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat in New Delhi.

In Pakistan, authorities have banned worshipers over the age of 50 and have established rules, including requiring masks, to allow the mosque to remain open during Ramadan.

But last year, doctors urged the government to close the mosque, given how the rules were widely ignored there.

“We are very worried about the rally,” said Dr. Kaiser Sajad, secretary-general of the Pakistan Medical Association, on Sunday. He urged the government and Pakistani clergy to come up with a better plan to stop the spread of the virus during Ramadan.

“We have to learn from the previous year,” he said. Sajjad wants a complete blockade of the eastern city of Lahore.

Afghanistan leaves worshipers to be attentive to each other, stay away from each other, and stay away from the mosque if they feel unwell.

“It is our duty to save lives … we cannot endanger or endanger lives,” said Sayed Mohammad Sherzadi, head of the Mecca pilgrimage and religion department in Kabul.

Malaysia has some movement restrictions and has declared a state of emergency for the coronavirus, which will suspend parliament until August following a surge in infection. However, despite strict measures, last year’s Taraweef prayer and the Ramadan Bazaar, which sells food, drinks and clothing, have been lifted.

Returning to Egypt, Nouh Elesawy, Deputy Secretary of State’s Ministry of Donation for Mosques, sent the following message to his followers prior to the beginning of the month: Rules. “

Ramadan also usually has a unique cultural and social taste for many.

In Egypt, huge billboards with celebrity faces promote the Ramadan television series, a popular pastime for many. In the bustling market around Al-Sayyid Bed Mosque in Cairo, shoppers browsed stalls piled up with brightly colored decorative Ramadan lanterns, inspected offerings and negotiated deals.

In another Cairo district, people posed and photographed on a giant Ramadan lantern towering over one street.

One of Egypt’s Ramadan traditions, which has been a victim of the virus for the second year, is the co-charity Iftar, a co-charity iftar where strangers break bread together at a free meal served at a long street table. A table “.

The table may be gone, but the spirit of the month may be gone.

Nebine Hussein, 48, said her colleague brought a “Ramadan bag” filled with rice, oil, sugar and other staple foods and distributed it to poor families. She said it is an annual tradition and is becoming more urgent by pandemics that are hurting the lives of many who are already struggling.

“This is the month of mercy,” she said. “God is generous and this month is a generous month.”


Ganon reported from Islamabad and Muroo from Beirut. Associated Press reporters around the world have contributed to this report.


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