For other services, kindly visit https://www.muis.gov.sg/Contact-Info. Announcement by Mufti of Singapore on the Beginning of Ramadan for Muslims in Singapore. Dr Nazirudin advised Muslims to use the time to reflect on these two pillars and think about what they mean to each individual. These are pillars of Islam and we can be grateful that we can still perform these pillars. 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. © 2020 Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis). The festive month of Syawal, of which Hari Raya is the first day, starts on May 24. You can read this subscriber-only article in full, All done! Everyone has a part to play in the fight against the disease, stressed Dr Nazirudin, and that keeping that in mind will hopefully help cushion the blow that some Muslims here might feel over the loss of their usual Ramadan activities. We welcome the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan this year with a different atmosphere. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy. "It's not just about not being able to live Ramadan as we normally do but it is also about fighting something a lot bigger, it's about saving lives by taking care of our health and the elderly, and to help our country back to where we can restart everything as best as we can.". × Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. About Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2020. Get The Straits Times app and receive breaking news alerts and more. This test will eventually pass, and we will overcome this with patience and unity. But Dr Nazirudin urged Muslims here to bear in mind that not all is lost and the holy month can still be observed. We can take some comfort in (the thought) that nobody expected this and everyone is struggling through it," he said. "If you strip the month of all the additional activities, you will find that it is essentially about the act of fasting and also helping the poor and the vulnerable," he said. This year, Ramadan and Hari Raya will be celebrated together with our family in our own homes. SINGAPORE - Even though Muslims in Singapore should prepare for a different kind of Ramadan amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to keep … All rights reserved. As we strengthen our faith this Ramadan, may it also spur us to be more determined to fight this virus. But Dr Nazirudin urged Muslims to bear in mind that the holy month can still be observed. 198402868E. Dr Nazirudin said: "Our situation is quite different from the context of Malaysia and Indonesia as (people there) have to move long distances, but we have to prepare for various scenarios. Fasting and zakat, or alms-giving, are two of Islam's five core pillars. These activities during Ramadan are compulsory for Muslims. 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. Said the Mufti: "Our situation is quite different from the context of Malaysia and Indonesia as (people there) have to move long distances, but we have to prepare for various scenarios. 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. Speaking to The Straits Times on Tuesday (April 21), Mufti Nazirudin Mohd Nasir acknowledged that many Muslims here feel a sense of grief over being unable to observe in the traditional way the fasting month of Ramadan, which begins on Friday. 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. 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. A sizeable number of the workers are Bangladeshi Muslims. This includes mass religious activities in mosques and sharing meals with family. The Handbook will emphasise the role of Singaporean Muslims as citizens in practising social responsibility to curb the transmission of COVID-19. "These are pillars of Islam and we can be grateful that we can still perform these pillars.". 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 Muis take. SPH Digital News / Copyright © 2020 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. Regn. All rights reserved. This article is now fully available for you, Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full. No matter the test, we can accept and overcome it with the permission of Allah S.W.T., what more with the arrival of Ramadan – a month of challenges, and the culmination of patience, perseverance and hope. The festive month of Syawal, of which Hari Raya is the first day, starts on May 24. "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. Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store now.