Bahrain: When the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world last year, the Dawoodi Bohras in common with other Muslims around the world came together to fight against the pandemic by opting to offer prayers at home during the holy month of Ramadan.
In view of the continued threat posed by Covid-19, the Dawoodi Bohra community in Bahrain has issued various guidelines regarding the religious practices during the holy month.
Zulfikar Ali, PR Co-ordinator for the Bohra community in Bahrain said, “Strictly adhering to local guidelines issued by the government and health authorities, our Masjid are operational at limited capacity for eligible members between 15-55 years during prayers.”
Only those who’ve had their two vaccine doses with a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery will be allowed to enter the masjid for prayers,” Zulfikar Ali added.
Like last year, Bohras continue to use virtual platforms to participate in online discourses and recitation of the Holy Quran throughout the month.
One of the key aspects of Ramadan is hosting iftar gatherings. However, in keeping with the current Covid-19 guidelines to avoid gathering of any kind, the Dawoodi Bohra community kitchens are delivering cooked iftar meals to all community households. Dry rations have also been dispatched to community members for preparing suhur at home.
He added, “While our nation fights to contain the spread of the virus, we acknowledge and are in full support with the authorities for the measures that they have taken to safeguard the health of all the people.”
The Bohras have been conducting vaccination awareness efforts, in the community, for the last few months. “Even during the observance of this holy month, we will continue with our #RisetoVaccinate drive to spread awareness, educate and facilitate Covid-19 vaccination to all eligible residents and citizens,” Zulfikar Ali added.