Posted: 23 April 2020

Ramadan in lockdown: looking after young people's well-being in isolation

This week, Nalini from our Resilient Me service tells us what it's like for many young Muslims experiencing Ramadan on lockdown during Covid-19 outbreak.

This week, Thursday marked the beginning of Ramadan, an important month for Muslims in which we usually fast between sunrise and sunset.

However, lockdown means many young people will be unable to take part in their normal Ramadan activities and access their normal support networks at a time of increased stress and uncertainty. This may increase negative feelings and intensify existing emotional problems.

Coming together and staying connected

For many, one of the most special things about Ramadan is spending time with our extended family and friends. It is usually a time we come together for iftar (evening meal), charity dinners and tarawih (night prayers).

It may be strange to think about Ramadan alone at home with only immediate family. This could increase feelings of loneliness and isolation in young people so it's important that parents and carers can support young people with these emotions. 

Parents and carers can support young people with these emotions by:

  • Being open and honest about their own feelings to show that it is ok to talk
  • Relaxing screen time rules and/or providing young people use of a device when necessary to enable them to stay in touch with family and friends
  • Organising iftar parties for the whole family using apps such as Skype or Facetime
  • Creating opportunities for young people to connect with those in their immediate households, such as family games or movie nights.

Giving, reading and reflecting

Ramadan is the month of giving and good deeds. It is a time in which young people are encouraged to increase the help they give to others and acts of charity.

Ramadan is also the month of the Quran, Muslims are encouraged to read, study and reflect on the Muslim holy book every day in Ramadan.

Young people at home may be expected to spend a lot of time on school work, Islamic studies, assisting younger siblings or helping with housework and cooking. These are definitely things young people should participate in, however parents and carers should also make sure time is scheduled into young people’s days for regular self care.

'Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.' - The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Self care activities shouldn’t be something chosen for the young person, but something chosen by the young person that genuinely makes them feel better. It allows young people to gain control over their feelings and emotions.

For our latest information regarding Coronavirus Covid-19, please see our support hub offering advice and resources for children and young people who are affected by the outbreak. 


By Nalini

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