On Family + Ramadan | Razan
For Ramadan, we invite our family and friends for Iftar (evening meal to break the fast) and sit together to enjoy the precious moments of Ramadan. After Iftar and Isha prayer, families usually have entertainment and will eat Ramadan desserts called atayef. Families will smoke shisha together, watch TV, and meet up with friends. After our family gathering, we usually go downtown to eat kanafeh and drink jallab, a traditional Ramadan juice.
COVID-19 is making Ramadan more difficult due to social distancing and is greatly affecting families this year. For instance, I saw my mom crying because she couldn’t see my sisters and brother on the first night of Ramadan. She has spent the first night of Ramadan with them every year, so it is hard not having them with us. We usually go downtown after Iftar, but this year we can’t do any of these things.
Despite this, we have food, we are safe and we can pray in our houses. It might not be the best Ramadan this year, but hopefully, everything will be back to normal soon.
Razan works with vulnerable communities at an NGO based in Amman, Jordan.