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April 29, 2020
The month of Ramadan is considered as the most holy month as per the Hijri Calendar as Muslims around the world are obliged to undergo fasting according to the timetable.
As most of us, residing in Gulf countries are aware of this holy month and are suppose to follow certain guidelines as per the relevant government However, the legal consultants of Dubai felt the need to enlighten the readers about the new Ramadan etiquettes amidst the coronavirus situation as per the rules and regulations of UAE.
This year, since Ramadan fell on April 24 as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps on influencing millions around the globe, it certainly will have great impact on the Ramadan.
The transmission of COVID-19 is encouraged by close contact between individuals, as the infection is spread through respiratory beads and contact with polluted surfaces. To constrain the impact of coronavirus in the UAE, specialists have actualized a progression of measures to support social separating by transitory shutting mosques and authorizing a 24-hour limitation on development, and putting limitations on social and strict get-togethers, which are on the whole integral to Ramadan.
In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released certain guidelines and measures to be followed by the Muslims during the period of Ramadan and to preserve themselves from getting in contact with the virus. Following are some of the etiquettes to be followed in Ramadan 2020:
1. Practicing Social Distancing
The Ministry of Health and Prevention, alongside various nearby specialists, have put an accentuation on keeping up a social separation among loved ones. WHO has issued guidelines for maintaining two-meter distance with every individual. It was additionally encouraged to maintain a strategic distance from physical contact when welcoming others, for example, handshakes, kisses or embraces. Remembering these social standards, it would seem that enormous family get-togethers and meeting up at a companion's home during Ramadan is improbable until specialists affirm that open get-togethers are sheltered once more.
2.Gatherings for Iftaars
Iftar is the meal to open the fast post the sunset. This meal is to be enjoyed with family or friends and restaurants and hotels around the city organizes iftaar meals during the whole month, however, with the current situation, restaurants are not allowed to arrange personal gatherings or dine-in option, which shall be kept in mind before booking any iftaar.
3. Physical Movement
During the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous individuals are confined in their homes; in any case, if limitations are removed towards movement, consistently practice social distancing and appropriate hand cleanliness in any event, during any activity. In lieu of outside exercises, indoor physical activities and online physical movement classes are energized.
4. Strict Hygiene Practices
In the event that social and strict get-togethers are dropped, the WHO suggested that virtual choices be utilized whenever the situation allows, for example, TV, radio, advanced, and online networking. In addition, the Muslims performing special prayers and others shall keep in mind the proper sanitization facilities for instance, using hand sanitizers that have in any event 70 percent liquor content or utilizing dispensable tissues and canisters with expendable liners and tops, to securely discard a wide range of waste or using individual prayer mats ought to consistently be set over rugs.
Lawyers of Dubai sincerely hope that you have a safe and healthy Ramadan.