SINGAPORE – A guide for the holy month of Ramadan has been launched here for Muslims on how they can perform special prayers and practice their faith while doing their part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The book, which was launched by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) on Tuesday April 14, was produced in response to the disruption caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of measures to curb the spread of the virus, all places of worship are closed until May 4 and social gatherings banned.
This period coincides in part with the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which begins on April 24 and ends on May 24 in Hari Raya Puasa.
In a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Muis said the book, titled Contemporary Irsyad Series Vol 2, will answer religious questions frequently asked by the community.
It also contains a guide explaining how Muslims can perform terawih prayers at home. These are special prayers performed only during Ramadan and usually performed in large groups in mosques.
The guide is now available in Malay on the Muis website and an English version will be released “in a few days,” Muis said.
In a separate statement, a spokesperson for Muis said: “The manual will focus on the role of Singaporean Muslims as citizens in the practice of social responsibility to curb the transmission of Covid-19.
“It will feature several religious advisories that have been issued during this outbreak. Other related religious issues that have been raised by members of the public will also be addressed.”
The council also said it encourages Muslims here to meaningfully observe Ramadan at home.
As part of Singapore’s circuit breaker measures to curb the spread of the virus, people are not allowed to gather in groups and are to stay in their homes as much as possible.
Muis said the holy month can be observed in different ways, such as focusing on the basic tasks of fasting, doing online classes with religious teachers, and helping the needy with zakat or giving alms. .
On Monday, the council launched a new centralized donation portal called OurMasjid.SG, aimed at making it easier for Muslims here to donate funds to mosques.
Mosques here mainly depend on donations from worshipers for their operations and this has not been possible due to the closure.
Separately, on Tuesday, the People’s Association (PA) said the annual launch of its Hari Raya Light-Up in Geylang Serai would be postponed, due to the current breaker measures.
In the past, the illumination of colorful decorations and festive lighting along Geylang Road and Sims Avenue during Ramadan began a few days before the start of the fasting month.
This year, in light of the circuit breaker to curb the spread of Covid-19, the People’s Association decided to postpone the launch of the Hari Raya Light-Up 2020, in order to align with the national effort to encourage all everyone to stay at home and be safe, ”a Palestinian Authority spokesperson said.
“We will closely monitor the Covid-19 situation and announce the new ignition date in due course.”
It was reported last month that the popular annual Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, hosted by PA, will not be returning this year.
The PA has also canceled other festive Hari Raya bazaars that it usually holds around the island.