Ramadan is a month of Muslims’ calendar which all adult Muslims who can have to fast from sunrise to sunset during this month. How they fast during the CoronaViros? Every year Ramadan enters with different weather. Therefore, the crisis is happing today is difficult. Comparing to the past years is hard by the way we became close to god, like going to the Mosque or reading the Quran with the family, but now we should have a social distance. However, the internet, social media helps a lot to be connecting with each other. This shows the COVID-19 teaches us as humans to use the internet for positive situations. For example, online classes, family meetings, and taking online lectures. 

Comparing to five years ago Ramadan was during summer which making the person getting thirsty. Still, was my favorite as thirteen years old. I was in Yemen, every time after breaking the fast I and my brother go to pray at the Mosque at the top of the mountain in Taiz City. There was a big window with a view of the city the air was cool up there. After completing the prayer we go to get some ice cream, and this is every day during the month. 

By the way during this experience, I feel the COID-19 crises make us think about moments we have done it before and think about it how free we were. The moment we enjoy it without giving it back or payback to our life. These moments have a story and we are learning from these stories. 

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October 19, 2021 3:26 pm

I think that this was a very interesting topic and I think that it was even better coming from a person who has been there and gone through these events and rituals in person. I think that it was very interesting and important how you included how the pandemic has affected it, I think that now when we read a piece about an event or tradition, often going through our minds is the pandemic and how it has influenced it. So I really liked how you included that and your own personal experiences in it as well. This is great writing and a very interesting piece!!!

October 19, 2021 3:14 pm

Hi Ishak, this is awesome writing. It’s super cool to hear about how COVID affected other people and other religions, but I am sorry to hear it has affected your religion negatively. Connecting as one is a part of the human experience, and social distancing makes that very difficult. However, I admire your courage and believe things will get better soon. I look forward to reading more writing from you!

September 15, 2020 11:16 pm

Dear Ishak, I agree with you that COVID-19 has affected Ramadan a lot because in some countries Mosques were closed, and many people were sad. I hope that the everything will get better soon. I am looking forward to your writing.🙂🙂

May 18, 2020 8:01 pm

Hi! It’s crazy to read and hear about how the virus is affecting so many people and religions. In all honestly, when this first began, I was so excited because no school, but after a few weeks passed, I started realizing how bad this is affecting everyone. But like you said, this situation has made us focus on the positives of the Internet and focus on the memories we’ve made before this happened.

May 13, 2020 5:10 pm

Ishak, I completely agree with you. I think this virus has really changed the world in so many ways. To hear that your religion was affected is truly saddening. Many large events are being altered, and there is nothing we can do to fix it. We can only make the best of the situation at hand. In my religion class, we actually read about how Ramadan was being affected by COVID-19, here’s the link: https://religionnews.com/2020/04/23/during-ramadan-in-quarantine-muslims-get-creative-to-preserve-community/. It talks about how people are dealing with it. By setting up zoom meetings, using social media, or even mailing things to each other, the interaction can be felt in a way. I know Ramadan is very much based on the idea of community, and without it, I bet it is hard. It is like you are just going through the motions in a way, and not fully experiences Ramadan. However, the virus has made us manage the times differently. I know that you have been able to adapt with the situation, and the internet and social media, as you said, really helps. Finally, I agree with your statement that this virus makes us think about our blessings and helps us realize that we must cherish the time we have before our lives can be changed like they have now. I think this piece was very good, and I applaud you for working through Ramadan to the best of your abilities. I loved hearing about your experience in past years, it seems like a very influential moment in your life. Hopefully you make it through Ramadan, and I hope to hear about your experience, and what you did to adapt. Stay safe!

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