Ramadan is an auspicious month for Muslims all over the world, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has invited laws that affect the religious practices of the religious community – this includes avoiding daily congregational prayers, as well as the Ramadan-specific Taraweeh prayers.
Economic Times has reported that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked people to eschew public gatherings till June 30, which transcends the national lockdown date (May 3). This step will not only affect religious gatherings during the month of Ramadan, but also dampen Eid festivities that follow the month of Ramadan. Also read: DM, Doctors Clash Over Pandemic Management in Aligarh.
Following the government order of social distancing, Muslim organisations all across India have decided to not hold congregational prayers in mosques by asking people to pray at their homes instead. If that wasn’t enough, India is witnessing a rise in Islamophobic narrations surrounding its current socio-political scenario which is not accidental. The Indian Muslim community has come under severe scrutiny because of a rampant wave of Islamophobia already flowing through the nation. The allegations placed on the Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat, making them out to be the primary vectors of coronavirus, have deeply impacted the Indian Muslim community, and not in a positive manner.
In an exchange with Arab News, Maulana Arshad Madani, president of the Islamic organisation Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind commented that “This has been done keeping in mind the rules of the lockdown. Ramadan is coming at a time when the Muslim community is passing through a painful phase in India and there is a strong sense of alienation in the community in India. I hope Ramadan passes off without any incident.”
He also said that “This is a pious month and we should hope for peace and brotherhood,” in hopes of dissolving the anti-Muslim rhetoric challenging Indian Muslims at present.
This Ramadan, abstinence will go far beyond the ordinance of Islamic rulings.