Muslims around the world will observe the holy month of Ramadan under lockdown and tight restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak that has paralysed entire countries. But with most countries still in varying degrees of lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pakistani and many other Muslims around the world will see a starkly different Ramadan this year. “With the ongoing pandemic, Ramadan won’t be the same. A lot of community activities will probably be curtailed, but the show must go on,

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins this year on the evening of probably 25 or 24 marks the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims believe that during this month, the Quran — the Muslim holy book — was initially revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, and fasting during this month is one of the five “pillars” or core requirements of the Islamic faith.

During this month, from dawn until sunset, Muslims are expected to abstain from food, water, and any activity that is deemed sinful. People also tend to increase their spiritual activities, such as charity-giving, prayer, and the recitation of the Quran.

However, because of the worldwide instruction for people to stay at home many traditional activities during the month of Ramadan involve group events and communal worship will not be able to take place or will have to take different forms, including moving online, in order to curd the further spread of the epidemic,

“If, God forbid, the pandemic continues during Ramadan, Muslims will not be able to pray Taraweeh [the nightly prayer during Ramadan] in the mosques, Socially, people will be deprived of traditions like swapping dishes between community members, or hosting and attending any community gatherings,which are major aspects of Ramadan that have been practiced for more than 1,000 years. This month of Ramadan is giving us yet one more opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to the absolute power of the divine and refocus our lives to worshipping Him and Him alone. Each of us can develop an individual plan to benefit from and we can all do something extra to earn some additional grace from God,  

1st: Smile! Alhamdulillah, we have made it to another Ramadan!

“When you smile to your brother’s face, it is charity.” — Prophet Muhammad 

2nd: Help your family with chores around the house.

“Cleanliness is half of faith.” — Prophet Muhammad 

3rd: Go one day without complaining.

“I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah.” — The Holy Qur’an [12:86]

4th: Pray in the masjid today!

“Prayer in congregation is superior to prayer alone by twenty seven degrees.” — Prophet Muhammad 

5th: Visit a sick Muslim.

“There is no Muslim who visits a sick Muslim early in the morning but 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise.” — Prophet Muhammad 

6th: Recite the Qur’an. It may be difficult for some & easier for others. For a revert like myself, the recitation of the Qur’an is almost scary due to the idea that our tajweed is not perfected. However…

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah  said, “The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim || Book 9, Hadith 994]

>7th: Say your salams! Do you ever stop and think that the greeting that we use daily is something we get rewarded for? Yeah, neither did I. Subhan’Allah!

The Prophet  also explained the reward earned by the one who says salaam, as was reported by al-Nisaa’i in ‘Aml al-yawm wa’l-laylah (368) and al-Bukhaari in al-Adab al-Mufrad (586) and by Ibn Hibban (493). They reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a man passed by the Messenger of Allaah  whilst he was sitting with some others, and said “Salaam ‘alaykum (peace be upon you).” The Prophet  said, “[He will have] ten hasanaat (rewards).” Another man passed by and said “Salaam ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allaah (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah).” The Prophet  said, “[He will have] twenty hasanaat.” Another man passed by and said “Salaam ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allaahi wa barakaatuhu (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings).” The Prophet  said, “[He will have] thirty hasanaat.”

8th: Donate to a charity of your choosing!

“Spend (in charity) out of We have bestowed for their sustenance secretly and openly ; and turn off evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (Eternal) Home.” — The Holy Qur’an [13:22]

9th: Revive a Sunnah!

“Verily, whoever revives a tradition (sunnah) from among my traditions which has died after me, then he will have a reward similar to whoever acts upon it without taking anything away from their rewards.” — Prophet Muhammad 

10th: Feed a fasting person.

“Whoever feeds the person who is breaking his fast, he will have his reward (for his fasting) without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.” — Prophet Muhammad 

11th: Spend time with your younger siblings. To you, you’re just one person in the world. To them, you are the world. Teach them to pray, read Qur’an with them, give them all your attention. They’ll remember these times and be grateful for them.

“None of you [truly] believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” — Prophet Muhammad 

12th: Show your kindness to everyone, including animals. Simply giving a few birds a piece of bread or a thirsty dog some water will benefit you!

“Whoever is merciful even to a sparrow, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgment.” — Prophet Muhammad 

13th: Spend your day solely in remembrance of Allah. Find a quiet place (your room, the masjid, sitting under a tree, etc.) and remember Allah and all He has done for you.

“So remember Me, and I shall remember you; and be grateful unto Me, and deny Me not.” — The Holy Qur’an [2:152]

14th: Invite a friend to the masjid for prayer. Ramadaan is the month where those who never prayed may start praying; however, they may fear ridicule and be labeled as a ‘Ramadan Muslim.’ Invite them & be kind.

A man asked Sheikh Muhammad al Ghazali:

“What is the ruling of a person who doesn’t pray?”
‎He said:

‎“The ruling is that you take him with you to the Masjid.”

15th: Share your knowledge! Each day we learn something good or some new deed. If we share this with others, we will get the same reward.

“Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” — Prophet Muhammad  1st: Smile! Alhamdulillah, we have made it to another Ramadan!

“When you smile to your brother’s face, it is charity.” — Prophet Muhammad 

2nd: Help your family with chores around the house.

“Cleanliness is half of faith.” — Prophet Muhammad 

3rd: Go one day without complaining.

“I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah.” — The Holy Qur’an [12:86]

4th: Pray in the masjid today!

“Prayer in congregation is superior to prayer alone by twenty seven degrees.” — Prophet Muhammad 

5th: Visit a sick Muslim.

“There is no Muslim who visits a sick Muslim early in the morning but 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, 70 thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise.” — Prophet Muhammad 

6th: Recite the Qur’an. It may be difficult for some & easier for others. For a revert like myself, the recitation of the Qur’an is almost scary due to the idea that our tajweed is not perfected. However…

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah  said, “The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim || Book 9, Hadith 994]

>7th: Say your salams! Do you ever stop and think that the greeting that we use daily is something we get rewarded for? Yeah, neither did I. Subhan’Allah!

The Prophet  also explained the reward earned by the one who says salaam, as was reported by al-Nisaa’i in ‘Aml al-yawm wa’l-laylah (368) and al-Bukhaari in al-Adab al-Mufrad (586) and by Ibn Hibban (493). They reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a man passed by the Messenger of Allaah  whilst he was sitting with some others, and said “Salaam ‘alaykum (peace be upon you).” The Prophet  said, “[He will have] ten hasanaat (rewards).” Another man passed by and said “Salaam ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allaah (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah).” The Prophet  said, “[He will have] twenty hasanaat.” Another man passed by and said “Salaam ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allaahi wa barakaatuhu (peace be upon you and the mercy of Allaah and His blessings).” The Prophet  said, “[He will have] thirty hasanaat.”

8th: Donate to a charity of your choosing!

“Spend (in charity) out of We have bestowed for their sustenance secretly and openly ; and turn off evil with good: for such there is the final attainment of the (Eternal) Home.” — The Holy Qur’an [13:22]

9th: Revive a Sunnah!

“Verily, whoever revives a tradition (sunnah) from among my traditions which has died after me, then he will have a reward similar to whoever acts upon it without taking anything away from their rewards.” — Prophet Muhammad 

10th: Feed a fasting person.

“Whoever feeds the person who is breaking his fast, he will have his reward (for his fasting) without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.” — Prophet Muhammad 

11th: Spend time with your younger siblings. To you, you’re just one person in the world. To them, you are the world. Teach them to pray, read Qur’an with them, give them all your attention. They’ll remember these times and be grateful for them.

“None of you [truly] believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” — Prophet Muhammad 

12th: Show your kindness to everyone, including animals. Simply giving a few birds a piece of bread or a thirsty dog some water will benefit you!

“Whoever is merciful even to a sparrow, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgment.” — Prophet Muhammad 

13th: Spend your day solely in remembrance of Allah. Find a quiet place (your room, the masjid, sitting under a tree, etc.) and remember Allah and all He has done for you.

“So remember Me, and I shall remember you; and be grateful unto Me, and deny Me not.” — The Holy Qur’an [2:152]

14th: Invite a friend to the masjid for prayer. Ramadaan is the month where those who never prayed may start praying; however, they may fear ridicule and be labeled as a ‘Ramadan Muslim.’ Invite them & be kind.

A man asked Sheikh Muhammad al Ghazali:

“What is the ruling of a person who doesn’t pray?”
‎He said:

‎“The ruling is that you take him with you to the Masjid.”

15th: Share your knowledge! Each day we learn something good or some new deed. If we share this with others, we will get the same reward.

“Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” — Prophet Muhammad