Imam of Hazret Sultan Mosque tells how to observe Ramadan fasting during state of emergency
The holy month of Ramadan begins tomorrow, on April 24. Muslims around the world observe fasting abstaining from eating and drinking in the daytime and lead a special lifestyle. This year, certain restrictions were imposed due to coronavirus pandemic. The tarawih prayer which is usually read in mosque was cancelled. However, fasters can say the prayer at home. The iftar evening meal which is also called auyzashar in Kazakh should be held at home as well.
“Mosques were closed for believers due to the situation happening in the country. But it does not mean that there is no place for kindness and charity anymore. Of course, you cannot have the auyzashar evening meal in mosques. If you want to give alms called sauap to your friends, you can just order a special meal in café or restaurant and send it to them by delivery,” said Chief Imam of Hazret Sultan Mosque Yerbolat Zhusupov.
People in Kazakhstan who want to give sauap can help families with many children and in need by sending them food, for example. The imam said that it will be easier to observe the fasting during quarantine.
“People around are saying that immune system can be suppressed during the fasting and person can catch coronavirus. This is not true. The Sharia Islamic law permits the fasting. Ramadan is a Muslim’s duty. However, if a doctor does not recommend you doing this, then you should not observe it risking your health,” commented the imam.