Ramadhan is here again. The arrival of the blessed month will surely be greeted with gratitude and joy. Muslims around the world are grateful for still being able to be reunited with the month full of grace, forgiveness and awaited by all Muslims which includes Brunei Darussalam, especially in performing the fast. It is an obligation that must be performed with sincerity in order to obtain all the rewards promised by Allah Subhanahu Wataala. As the world is still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, fasting and other acts of worship during the month of Ramadhan are being adapted to the new normal, especially from a safety aspect by adhering to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.
In Brunei Darussalam, by the grace of Allah Subhanahu wataala, the Covid-19 pandemic was able to be brought under control effectively through integrated prevention efforts as well as supplications. During Ramadhan last year, the COVID-19 pandemic caused Muslims in the country to perform Tarawih prayers and tadarus Al-Quran amongst family members only. The situation gave rise to anxiety, but everyone accepted the situation and made use of the time to strengthen relations among family members. It also proved that COVID-19 did not hinder Muslims in performing the fast and other religious acts.
However, in the month of Ramadhan this year, the new normals will once again be implemented, with Muslims in the country glorifying mosques, suraus and religious halls with mass Sunat Tarawih Prayers and tadarus. It is an opportunity to gain more blessings and rewards from Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala while adhering to the stipulated safety measures. During the last Ramadhan and again now, Muslims not only have to fight lust, hunger and thirst, but also continue the struggle against COVID-19 which has claimed many lives worldwide. The lesson learned is that, although the pandemic persists but the spirit of fasting in Ramadhan with strong faith is steadfast.
Source: Radio Television Brunei