1. What is your name and where are you from? (Country, City). (Current city where you are spending this Ramadaan).
My name is Yumna. I am from Cape Town, South Africa. I’m currently living in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2. Can you tell us if you are in lockdown? How strict is the lockdown? What are you allowed to do in terms of movement?
Yes we are, we’re currently in Week 10, about 70days…People are disciplined here and dutifully follow the lockdown regulations. Each week we saw restrictions added as the virus progressed.
We have a curfew from 10pm till 6am during which we cannot go outside. Outside of those times though we’re allowed to go to the grocery store and pharmacy only. We have online shopping though for anything you can think of, it’s just a bit slow during these times but is still fully functional. And most of our take-aways and restaurants are open, but for take-away and delivery only. We’re allowed two hours of exercise everyday, at any time outside of the curfew times. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. And when shopping, gloves too. And we’ve been schooling from home since March 5 and will continue to do so until the end of our school year, which is start of July.
3.Being under these lockdown conditions is sure to have made this Ramadaan different from previous Ramadaans. Can you tell us how this Ramadaan is different? Things that you had done previously in Ramadaan and now due to the lockdown you cannot do these activities?
Our mosques are closed so naturally we have to perform Taraweeh at home. As a family we would attend mosque every night for Taraweeh and we miss it, seeing and hearing people from all over the world, but Alhamdulilah we are happy that we are still performing together at home. We also miss going out for Iftaar, especially the famous mass iftaars at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. We miss having guests over for Iftaar, and exchanging plates of little savouries or cakes with our neighbours.
4.Can you share a positive message/ impact that spending Ramadaan under these new conditions has brought about for you and/or your country
I feel that this Ramadaan is a very special one. There’s no rushing about, there’s a quiet, spiritual calm that is incredibly beautiful to experience Alhamdulilah.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. You may get in touch with Yumna via her Instagram account by clicking here.