Yesterday started the month of ramadan, one of the pillars of Islam in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and then break that abstinence with iftar, an evening to share that takes place accompanied by family and friends. This year, for the second time in a row large gatherings are restricted for the pandemic.
“Normally we get together several families and each one contributes something, it is a month of valuing what we have and putting ourselves in the shoes of those who do not have what to eat.” Spirituality, solidarity and empathy. These are some of the attributes of this time of year, according to Elkherfih.
The hostess receives Levante-EMV with a table of Moroccan delicacies Ready for when the sun goes down He explains the different dishes, the harira, a soup with lentils, vegetables and meat, the almond and sesame sweets shabeakia and the most prominent food in Muslim houses during Ramadan for its nutritional properties: dates. Thus, in the room prepared for the iftar, Elkherfih, his son Elías and the little Aysha explain that this pillar of Islam makes “your body understand what others suffer.”
This idea is highlighted by Elías, 9, who learns the values of Ramadan to make your culture known. “Well, knowledge is the key to a world of intercultural coexistence,” adds his mother. One of the most characteristic landmarks of this month is the recitation of the tarawaih, which is practiced collectively in mosques after breaking the fast. Another practice that will have to wait and that Elkherfih remembers with tears in his eyes.
Prayers adapted for the coronavirus
The mosques they have also adapted their prayers to covid. As Abdelkrim explains from the temple in the Orriols neighborhood, in Valencia, a prayer is performed when the sun goes down, integrating into a practice the fourth and fifth obligatory prayer and the special one during the month of Ramadan, the tarawih, normally reserved for after the iftar.
«The first weeks of this month we will pray in community before curfew, but from then on the sun will set a little later and there will be no time “, he points out, adding that” the last prayers of the day will have to be done at home.
The pandemic has also changed the practice itself as there are times when you have to “get together.” However, the safety distance and the mask are two conditions to attend the prayers, in rooms at 50% of the capacity and in a space where it has been decided to close the services, despite the purification prior to the prayer.
“Practitioners purify themselves at home, we do not want to be a source of contagion», Says Karim. And he says that it is a “rare” situation: “We get used to it, but we are looking forward to this ending and sharing in community,” he concludes.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.