Ramadan Covid Pakistan

COVID 19 has presented Special Challenges. Pakistan is already facing the brunt of the infection where many people are dying daily. Ramadan amidst COVID in Pakistan is going to bring some unique problems and issues.

Ramadan is the worst time to be in Pakistan. Tempers are high, people are restless, no one wants to work, and no one wants to speak. In Offices, people crowd for prayers. People go to work late and run back early. Prices skyrocket, and markets are overcrowded. Everyone is in a state of urgency. Near Iftar on the road nearly everyone is rash driving, there are accidents, people don’t care for traffic signals or rules. Most people are at a much worst behavior than they usually are. Since I remember every year at least there would be some news beating a diabetic for eating in the market or office. Has the situation change during Ramadan Amidst COVID in Pakistan?

People are not allowed to eat or drink water in public during Ramadan, Hotels, and restaurants are closed and are opened just a few hours before Iftar.

Usually, during the first few days of Ramadan, people are fasting. But after just a week most people do not fast anymore. Staying hungry is one issue. But thirst is the more serious issue in Pakistan. Summer is really hot and staying thirsty is not possible for the majority of wage earners.

Laborers, cleaners, and small shop owners cannot fast because they have physically demanding jobs. At the same time, many construction projects and other labor-intensive jobs come to a halt. Ramadan During COVID in Pakistan makes the situation even more difficult for them because people want to just fast and rest all day because they want to manage the thirst and hunger.

During Ramadan, Anyone who can afford will just do the Sehri and go to sleep. All-day will be spent sleeping and just hours before Iftar they will wake up and have iftar.

Such people stay awake all night, watching movies, or listening to music. But as soon as the dawn breaks, they become Pious Muslims who just sleep during the fast.

Women are mostly in a lot of trouble during Ramadan, though the family is skipping the afternoon lunch. A woman’s Iftar food preparation requires three to four-time more work than usual. They have to prepare Pakoras, make Sharbat, make sweet, fruit chat, and much more. Most of the houses have small kitchens in which they have to work during the fast. It’s tiring and difficult, mostly because they cannot drink any water. Wise women usually refrain from fasting. But the ones who still fast are in a lot of trouble.

Pakistani Muslims who are skipping just the afternoon lunch, eat three times more in the Iftar. During Ramadan, people usually gain weight because they are overeating and sleeping.

Doctors see an increase in patients with gastrointestinal trouble, the reason is binge eating during Ramadan. Roza is an excuse for avoiding all kinds of work “Roza lag Raha hai(Roza is hurting me)” is the best excuse during Ramadan. People who are not even fasting use it. People do not tell one another that they are not fasting. Instead, everyone is a hypocrite during Ramadan, and everyone pretends that they are fasting.

Do you think Ramadan amidst COVID in Pakistan changes anything?

Ramadan amidst COVID has changed nothing in Pakistan, now people have an excuse to even not wear masks because this makes their Roza more difficult. Why are you not wearing a mask? Roza Lag Raha hai g. People will no longer maintain social distancing outside shops because they are fasting and cannot stand in the sun. Dehydration is one of the most serious medical hazards associated with Ramadan. We have all seen people falling down in Ramadan because they cannot drink water anywhere.

I think during Ramadan in COVID lockdown, People should not fast in Pakistan. They should keep themselves hydrated, wear masks, and maintain social distancing. No one should go to the mosques. Instead, everyone should stay home, but this is Pakistan. People are gathering in large numbers in the mosques.

No one can say something that goes against Islam in Pakistan. We are better at being a hypocrite if a crowd beats someone in the market for eating, ninety-five percent of the public is not fasting at all. All those who are not fasting will add a slap or two to the cheek of the person who was caught eating. This is the height of hypocrisy. Ninety-five percent of the rash drivers involved in road accidents are not even fasting, but they pretend.

The pretension includes being rude, not working, rash driving, telling others that Roza is hurting me, not maintaining social distancing, not wearing a make to avoid COVID 19, and many other behaviors that are very common. Even during Ramadan amidst COVID in Pakistan, you will see many people with dry lips in Markets and offices, but their lips are not dry because of fasting, their lips are dry because they have been able to drink water in secrecy.

During Ramadan amidst COVID in Pakistan, nothing has changed, people are still the same, and condition is even worse. Many families have lost their income and are already hungry. Instead of pretending of Fasting during Ramadan people should be allowed to eat and drink, that they stay hydrated, and maybe the situation will improve.

Paramedical staff is using PPE for Covid, which makes them severly dehydrated and even under oxygenated. They need to stay hydrated that they are able to fight this pandemic. Ramadan amidst of COVID for them is impossible, they cannot and should not fast.

Ghalib KamalPakistani Freethinkers

1 Comment
  1. Afif Khaja 5 months ago

    Ramadan and COVID-19 is a very difficult combination for families in Pakistan. However, most Muslims are devout and are ready and willing to take the risks of fasting in the heat weather during a pandemic. Luckily, the climate for Pakistan is much better at finding the disease than colder climates like the US. I think the bigger problem is that atheists, humanists, and secularists living in Pakistan should be allowed to open restaurants and eat and drink openly in public because it is not they who are choosing to fast. People who want to fast should control themselves instead of others who choose not to. Regarding tarawih, I think it is important for masajid to be closed so that people are not able to gather in large numbers. Instead, they can pray tarawih at their homes. Markets should have distancing rules where masks are handed out for free (provided by the government) and only a small number of people should be able to enter a restaurant or shop at a time. They should also regularly clean and disinfect marketplaces. It is important to note that while there is such a large discrepancy in the quality of healthcare in the US and Pakistan, the number of COVID-19 cases in the US is almost 50x as the number in Pakistan, even with the better healthcare and stringent social distancing policies. It seems that climate plays a major role in the spread of the disease. If the government does more to help people financially and health-wise, I think the country can come out of this pandemic with minimal deaths as compared to the US.

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