Ramadan is just around the corner as Muslims expect it on April 23.
The celebrations of the holy month have been affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus which forced the closure of mosques worldwide.
In the Canadian maritime province of Prince Edward Island, members of the Muslim community expect a somber Ramadan this year.
The holy month is usually marked by daily fasting, with the
evenings often taken up by families and community gathering to break fast and
These gatherings will be missed this year, according to Zain
Esseghaier, a spokesperson for the Muslim Society of PEI, as Island Muslims
observe physical distancing advice from the Chief Public Health Office.
“That part of Ramadan won’t be taking place this year so it’s going to be a very different celebration of the month,” said Esseghaier, CBC reported.
“It’s going to be hard on everybody.”
Iftar is not the only opportunity for Muslims to gather in PEI
as many young people get together to share suhoor, or pre-fajr meal.
With each household celebrating on its own, Esseghaier
expects there will be some connecting over video conferencing and other
“It will not replace gatherings themselves, the sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, but it will be the next best thing,” said Esseghaier.
“It’s going to be sad, in a way, but that’s life, I
guess. We have to deal with what we’re given.”
Ramadan this year would be different with people now in a global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many Muslim scholars have been working on finding solutions for Muslims during Ramadan.
Earlier this month, Sheikh Ahmad
Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of
Toronto, Canada, said that a virtual Jumu`ah and Taraweeh prayer could be performed
as mosques remain shut.
The renowned scholar referred to instants in the Islamic
history where the interpretation of texts varied according to time and place.