Posted: 20 May 2020

Ramadan and Mental Health Awareness Week

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we caught up with some of the young people in our Resilient Me service who are currently celebrating Ramadan in lockdown. 

The Resilient Me programme is focused on understanding and supporting the mental health needs of young Muslims.

Starved of being together

Last Ramadan was a great one, I mean I was physically around my loved ones. I was able to partake in several congregational prayers, go to lectures and attend many gatherings.

This year, I know you’ll be having similar feelings to me. As in all social gatherings are paused - which basically means that we are paused. Paused from physically relating with our loved ones. I know we can still connect online and have several discussions but can it be the same as other Ramadan?

NO! It’s not the same. I feel like am fasting but yet starving. Starved of seeing my loved ones. Starved of meeting different Muslims from different ethnicities in our favourite Ramadan tafsir classes. Starved of eating together in the Mosque basement. Starved of walking together to mosque with my Muslim brothers.

I miss everything about Ramadan. I hope this lockdown ends before long. I pray we all meet again in peace!

Uniting families

Let’s not dwell deep into the negative impact; let’s look into some positives that this lockdown has brought to ourselves and our families.

Firstly, this lockdown gives us a chance for family unity, it has helped millions of families to spend more hours discussing issues that time doesn’t permit them to settle during the normal period. This brings love and peace to the family, which is what our religion wants and cherishes the most.

This period could also be said to have helped many Muslims around the globe to be closer to Almighty Allah in spirit, as they don’t have to rush acts of worship for appointments and activities. Due to this concentration during Salaah [prayers] may have improved, which increases the rewards and benefits for performing them. We also have more time to read Quran, watch lectures and learn more about our religion.

Focused on fasting

During last year Ramadan I skipped many sahoor [morning meal], due to having stressful days that included travelling around going to college and other appointments. However, this year I can say the lockdown has helped me manage my time and wake up for sahoor at the right time, because my days are free from the stress of rushing around. This has made me more focused during this year’s fasting compared to last year.

Yes, I missed having iftar [evening meal] with other Muslims during Ramadan, but let’s talk about how much our cooking skills are actually improving during this lockdown. This is also positive, because it gives us the best chance to learn more about how to cook different varieties of food, this knowledge will be beneficial for the rest of our lives!

Time for rest 

When last did you sleep after eating sahoor? I’m pretty sure the answer could be yesterday or maybe today, because this lockdown give us more time for relaxation, as we don’t have to wake so early for work, school or college. It also eradicates the stress of running after buses early in the morning!

So, although lockdown is hard sometimes, I am grateful for all of these benefits and opportunities that it provides.

Ramadan Mubarak!!!

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