Guidance for Ramadhan 2020: Iftar, Suhur, Performance of Tarawih Salah (late night prayers) and Eid Salah during Lockdown
Students should at all times follow the relevant health guidance provided by reputable bodies such as national health agencies.
Daily Prayers in Ramadhan.
This year, Ramadhan will start during the lockdown. Therefore, the Faith Centre will be closed alongside most of the University and Muslim staff and students will be required to continue with their daily and Friday Salah (prayer) at home due to government guidelines on social distancing.
Download Ramadhan Prayer Timetable.
Fasting in Ramadhan
Fasting will Insha’Allah continue as usual but no collective or communal Suhur (pre-dawn meal) or collective or communal Iftar (breaking of the fast) will be taking place.
Those who are travelling or are sick and pregnant women and those breastfeeding are permitted to postpone their fasts if they fear harm to themselves or their child.
Fasting and covid-19
- If a fasting person struggles to continue their fast due to contracting Covid-19 symptoms, it is permissible to break the fast and make up for it later
- Individuals with confirmed/suspected Covid-19 with moderate-severe symptoms or severe underlying health conditions can postpone their fasts to a later date. A strong likelihood of falling extremely ill also permits postponing the fasts
- In the above cases, if a person thinks they may be able to fast or they are unsure, then they should attempt to fast. During the day, if they struggle, they can break the fast and make up for it later
- A person who does not fast or discontinues their fast due to a valid excuse is required to make up for the fast(s) at a later date. There is no additional penalty. If their condition is such that they are unable to fast perpetually, they will give Fidyah (the amount of sadaqat al-Fitr: £3.00 per fast). Fidyah does not discharge the obligation if a person is able to fast at a later date, for example, in the winter months
Tarawih Salah (late night prayers) in Ramadhan
With respect to Tarawih Salah, the following simple guidelines are recommended:
1. Staff and students should try to perform the full Tarawih salah at home.
2. Tarawih salah can be performed in congregation and individually. It is recommended that families perform Tarawih salah in congregation in their own homes where possible. This should be in Jama’at (congregation) at home with the family or in accommodation/flat with roommates. However, this must only be people who are already in your household.
3. Those homes and accommodations that have Huffaaz (people who have memorised the entire Quran by heart) may want to complete the recitation of the entire Quran in Tarawih salah or continue from where we had read up to last year in Tarawih salah at the Faith Centre. We completed the recitation of Surah Nisa (chapter 4), therefore, the Huffaz may want to continue starting with Surah Maidah (chapter 5).
4. Those who are not Haafiz (a person who has memorised the quran) may read whatever they have memorised from the Quran. It is advised to avoid sufficing on the final ten or eight surats (chapters) if a person has memorised other chapters.
5. If a person is unable to perform the full Tarawih salah standing due to ill health or another valid reason, they should attempt to perform as much as possible standing and the rest sitting down.
6. Insha Allah once the lockdown is lifted and the University is open as normal, the Faith Centre will hold prayers in congregation.
Eid Salah (prayer) in lockdown
For details on Eid Salah (prayer) in lockdown visit:
Due to factors beyond our control, we are hopeful that with the Mercy of Allah Ta’ala, we shall receive the full reward of these actions (above) which we would have normally carried out in congregation and in the sacred space, Insha Allah. This can be inferred from the following Hadith:
“When a servant [of Allah] falls ill or travels, reward is written for him similar to his deeds when he was local (not travelling) in good health” (Sahih al-Bukhari,).