Here’s How Ramzan Teaches Us to Be Resilient in These Testing Times

The holy month of Ramzan (also known as Ramadan) which began in April 2020 is almost at an end. Ramzan is observed as a holy month as it is believed that during this time in 610 CE, the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Followers of the Prophet fast and abstain from dawn till dusk for about 30 days.

At its very core, Ramzan is about inner-reflection, self-discipline, charity and self-improvement. The current situation has provided the opportunity to set aside the usual celebratory note and focus on the true spirit of the festival. This year, in the light of the global pandemic and social distancing rules, celebrations may seem like a retreat from regular traditions and cultural customs. But in a way, it might take us closer to the true essence of the festival.

We bring you some ways to follow the core beliefs of Ramzan and ways to find a new meaning in them during the times of a global pandemic. Read on:

Indulging in Charity

In recent years, a lot of focus has been on glittering Ramzan feasts. People host grand ‘Iftar’ parties, inviting family and friends from all over. But Islam teaches that food must be consumed to fill only one-third of the stomach; the other two-thirds are for water and air. More importantly, the food consumed should be simple, healthy and fresh, and wastage should strictly be avoided.

This Ramzan has provided the opportunity to embrace acts of charity towards the less fortunate a more apt way to commemorate the festival. From distributing food to vulnerable neighbours and workers to donations for those who are fighting against COVID-19, there are many ways to do your part. And charity does not have to be only in a material form; it can also be a voluntary effort or kind word to anyone who needs it. The Prophet said, “The most beloved people to God are those who benefit others most.”

Maintaining Self-Discipline

Islamic belief puts a significant emphasis on cleanliness and the practice of ‘Wudu’ – a ritual of cleansing and purification. This involves washing the hands, feet, face and head five times a day before prayer time. The current coronavirus situation has highlighted the importance of personal hygiene, and how by strictly maintaining sanitisation rules, you can protect yourself and those around you.

Taking Time for Inner-Reflection

Physical or social distancing has left many with the freedom to discover or rediscover a form of spiritual well-being. Since the spirit of Ramzan lies in introspection, self-development and self-discovery, this lockdown has allowed many people to reflect on their actions and develop a deeper connection with God or their spiritual side. It is the first step to being self-compassionate and eventually leads to compassion for others.

Making an Effort for Self-Improvement

An essential aspect of Ramzan is building resilience through sacrifice. Fasting is an effective way to realise the pain and hardships of those to whom food and water is a luxury. The first sip of water upon breaking the fast makes us feel grateful for all that we have.

During the ongoing pandemic, many have made sacrifices for the well-being of their families and their communities; choosing to stay home, maintaining distance from friends and loved ones, buying commodities judiciously, and taking the necessary precautions to keep the people around us safe. But when all this is over, just as the first sip of water is cherished, we will show more gratitude towards life and for those who have helped us during this time.

Guiding Words

Prophet Muhammad told his followers never to enter or leave a town that is affected by the plague to avoid spreading the disease. Today, in the backdrop of the pandemic, this advice seems appropriate. It encourages us to be responsible and stay at home for the safety of the global community.

This Ramzan, the essence of brotherhood and compassion, is observed by most and is something that we should carry forward. While the Eid-Al-Fitr maybe is quiet and humble since we all are #ParkedForSafety, it is the right thing to do for the betterment of society at this time. Soon, we will be able to meet and greet loved ones and sit down for a meaningful meal together again.

Nikhil Gulati
Nikhil Gulati
Nikhil is a part of Ford India's communication team, spearheading brand, product & social communication. He supervises, manages and controls content for www.drivingford.in