Ramadan signifies the month when God is said to have disclosed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad, and is followed by a month-long fast. Muslims are expected to spend 30 days staying away from food and drink, including water, during daylight hours to commemorate faith towards their religion.
This is one of Islam’s five pillars — the basic principles that all Muslims follow — together with the Shahadah (proclamation of faith), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity) and Hajj pilgrimage.
Ramdan Date in 2020
Ibrahim Al Jarwan, member of the Arab Astronomy and Space Sciences Union, has said 24 April would “astronomically” mark the start of Ramadan. Al Jarwan told Emarat Al Youm’s journal that “Ramadan’s crescent would be brought to the surface on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 06:26 a.m. At sunset, the crescent will be three degrees higher than the western horizon, set 20 minutes from sunset.” The conditions, as the astronomer describes, would make the moon visible to man at sunset on april 23, and that is because on April 24 fasting will begin.
Al Jarwan predicted that the moon of the Shawwal month would appear on Friday, 22 May at 21.39, i.e. after sunset, so Saturday would naturally be the fasting day, which would be Ramadan’s thirty-third day in the month.This will make Sunday, 24 May Shawwal’s first day and Eid’s first day.
Impact on Ramdan Prayers and Fasting during global pandemics.
Muslims around the world faced tough choices in the month of Ramdan as the pandemic led to the suspension of religious rituals in mosques in countries. For Muslims whose holiest sites are also closed due to the outbreak in Mecca and Medina. Regardless of the current pandemic situation, Ramadan urges Muslims to support the poor through fundraising and charitable work. To Muslims, Ramadan isn’t about only fasting , it’s also about feeling for those who were starving and homeless.
Since people have been trapped in their homes under pandemic quarantine, their food and clothing needs have risen considerably. Ramadan provides a great opportunity for people with modest income to help others and fulfill their needs.
How Ramdan will help overcome pandemic combat
Ramadan’s help spirit could save many families under such extreme global economic stresses. Ramadan is a time when donations and collaboration reach their zenith. Rich Muslims usually choose to offer their zakat (mandatory alms) during the month of Ramadan. Besides zakat, fitra, a special form of Islamic charity, was also practiced in Ramadan before Eid’s prayer to ensure that the poor may join Eid in happy mood.
Allah will support people as long as they support their Muslim brothers, “Prophet Muhammad said in one of his well known hadiths.