In 2021, Ramadan is taking place from 12/13 April to 12/13 May (depending on moon sightings).

Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, meaning they abstain from eating, drinking or engaging in sexual relations for the duration of their fast. It is the holiest month of the year for Muslims as it is when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. 

Ramadan 2021 will be a very different experience for Muslims during the COVID-19 lockdown. At present, it is unlikely that social distancing measures will be lifted and we will be able to return to our normal routines. Congregational acts of worship for Muslims outside of the home are still suspended to stop the spread of the virus.

Despite challenges faced by long fasts and COVID-19 restrictions, Muslims are finding ways to adapt and make the most of Ramadan at home. The Muslim Council of Britain has offered the following advice for planning Ramadan activities given these restrictions: 

  • Online – Stream Islamic sermons, taraweeh or other services to your home, either pre-recorded or live.
  • Prayers – Organise prayers including taraweeh at home as a family and pray as a congregation in the home.
  • Virtual Iftars – Arrange virtual iftars with extended family and the community through the many online video calling facilities available, listen to the maghrib adhan and break your fasts together.
  • Plan food – Plan your iftar menus in advance so that you can limit multiple shopping trips to minimise your need to leave home and help minimise the spread of the virus.  
  • Drink well – Hydrate well for the long work days. Dehydration can lead to tiredness, headaches, lack of focus/concentration. 
  • Energy foods – Eat high energy, slow burn foods for suhoor (starting your fast) that can give you energy gradually throughout the day
  • Breaks – Take regular breaks to reflect and take time for yourself. 
  • Mental Health – Our lives can sometimes already be full and we try to fill it with more worship during Ramadan. Sometimes it is quality over quantity 

More information on coronavirus during Ramadan, including advice on working from home, virtual iftars, and advice for mosques and prayer facilities is available from the Muslim Council of Britain.

WDP wishes all Muslims a safe and joyful month of Ramadan.  

 

Useful resources

Safe Ramadan Guidance (Muslim Council of Britain)

Ramadan Health Factsheet

Ramadan and COVID Vaccine Information

Ramadan and COVID Vaccine Q+A

BIMA Information on Astra Zeneca Vaccine