You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month. Get The Straits Times app and receive breaking news alerts and more. We need to harness that and leverage their religious sentiment to keep them positive and strong.". We need to harness that... to keep them positive and strong.". By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy. "The bigger picture here is that we are all in a fight against an epidemic," he said. SINGAPORE - Even though Muslims in Singapore should prepare for a different kind of Ramadan amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to keep in mind the holy month's core activities of fasting and helping those in need through alms giving, said Singapore's highest Islamic authority. × SPH Digital News / Copyright © 2020 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. Regn. Yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the circuit breaker period will be extended to June 1. "In Ramadan, they often volunteer at mosques and help out, they are very much part of our community and we need to continue to pray for them," he said. A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore Mufti urges Muslims to reflect on Ramadan's core'. As such, the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan falls tomorrow, Friday, 24 April 2020. 198402868E. Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store now. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Announcement by Mufti of Singapore on the Beginning of Ramadan for Muslims in Singapore. These are pillars of Islam and we can be grateful that we can still perform these pillars. This includes mass religious activities in mosques and sharing meals with family. But even when the circuit breaker does lift, he said, it does not mean that communal activities can all resume or celebrations for Hari Raya, which marks the end of Ramadan, can take place, as precautions to guard against Covid-19 will still need to be taken. © 2020 Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis). He added that even if Muslims here were allowed to carry out the customary visiting of relatives during Hari Raya, measures such as not shaking hands, not sharing food and maintaining social distancing would have to continue. 2” to guide the community in practising their faith during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fasting and zakat, the Muslim almsgiving, are two out of Islam's five core pillars that take place only during Ramadan and it is compulsory for all Muslims to observe them. He draws strength from the fact that everyone around the world is going through the Covid-19 crisis together and feels encouraged when he sees community members being supportive of the actions that he as well as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) take. "These are pillars of Islam and we can be grateful that we can still perform these pillars.". You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month. Sign up for our daily updates here and get the latest news delivered to your inbox. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. "Help of course comes in various forms, together with other agencies, but it also comes through in religion, which can be a strong sense of comfort in these times. An area of concern for Dr Nazirudin is the foreign worker situation in Singapore, who now form the bulk of Covid-19 cases. 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She also said that the Government has worked with caterers and operators of purpose-built dormitories to provide timely pre-dawn and breaking of fast meals. This article is now fully available for you, Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full. As Muslims in Singapore prepare for a different Ramadan amid the Covid-19 pandemic, they are urged to keep in mind the holy month's core activities of fasting and helping those in need through alms. Our country, as well as the rest of the world, is currently fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. The festive month of Syawal, of which Hari Raya is the first day, starts on May 24. This article is now fully available for you, Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full. Everyone has a part to play in the fight against the disease, stressed Dr Nazirudin, who said keeping that in mind will hopefully help cushion the blow that some Muslims might feel over the loss of their usual Ramadan activities. A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore Mufti urges Muslims to reflect on Ramadan's core'. According to astronomical calculations, the crescent for the month of Ramadan did appear this evening after sunset for about 17 minutes. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. But Dr Nazirudin urged Muslims here to bear in mind that not all is lost and the holy month can still be observed. "Honestly, I didn't expect to have to live through such a crisis, especially one that is so uncertain and (one lasting) so long (and being) so bad, no one expected this. She added that the Government has worked together with caterers and purpose-built dormitory operators to provide timely pre-dawn and break fast meals. An area of concern for Dr Nazirudin is foreign workers, who form the majority of Covid-19 cases. Dr Nazirudin and his team have produced online content to encourage the workers and will be providing religious guidance for them. According to astronomical calculations, the crescent for the month of Ramadan did appear this evening after sunset for about 17 minutes. Both Malaysia and Indonesia have told their residents to avoid making any plans to travel back to their homes for the festive period, lest the mass migration of people lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

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