No matter the test, we can accept and overcome it with the permission of Allah S.W.T., what more with the arrival of Ramadan – a month of challenges, and the culmination of patience, perseverance and hope. first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan falls tomorrow, Friday, 24 April 2020. A sizeable number of the workers are Bangladeshi Muslims. Dr Nazirudin advised Muslims to use the time to reflect on these two pillars and think about what they mean to each individual. Both Malaysia and Indonesia have told their residents to avoid making any plans to travel back to their homes for the festive period, lest the mass migration of people leads to a spike in Covid-19 cases. "These are pillars of Islam and we can be grateful that we can still perform these pillars.". 6. We need to harness that... to keep them positive and strong.". As such, the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan falls tomorrow, Friday, 24 April 2020. Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. Dr Nazirudin himself is doing all he can to be optimistic. Singapore's highest Islamic authority made the call yesterday, two days before Ramadan begins tomorrow evening. On Tuesday (April 21), Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo thanked the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) for developing religious materials for these workers to use during Ramadan. "In Ramadan, they often volunteer at mosques and help out, they are very much part of our community and we need to continue to pray for them," he said. But Dr Nazirudin urged Muslims here to bear in mind that not all is lost and the holy month can still be observed. Sign up for our daily updates here and get the latest news delivered to your inbox. Yesterday, he said an area of concern during Ramadan is foreign workers, who form most of the Covid-19 cases in Singapore. But even when the circuit breaker ends, he said, it does not mean that communal activities can all resume or celebrations for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which marks the end of Ramadan and traditionally lasts for a month, can take place, as precautions against Covid-19 still need to be taken. As such, the first day of fasting for the month of Ramadan falls tomorrow, Friday, 24 April 2020. These are pillars of Islam and we can be grateful that we can still perform these pillars. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore Mufti urges Muslims to reflect on Ramadan's core'. The Handbook will emphasise the role of Singaporean Muslims as citizens in practising social responsibility to curb the transmission of COVID-19. 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Dr Nazirudin and his team have been producing online content to encourage these workers, who he said are going through "extremely challenging circumstances", and will be providing religious guidance for them so that they can get through Ramadan as easily as possible. As we strengthen our faith this Ramadan, may it also spur us to be more determined to fight this virus. It was announced last Saturday that all work permit and S Pass holders in the construction industry will undergo a mandatory 14-day stay-home notice till May 4. By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy. As Muslims in Singapore prepare for a different Ramadan amid the Covid-19 pandemic, they are urged to keep in mind the holy month's core activities of fasting and helping those in need through alms. "In Ramadan, they often volunteer for mosques and help out, they are very much part of our community and we need to continue to pray for them," he said. This includes mass religious activities in mosques and sharing meals with family. Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store now. She added that the Government has worked together with caterers and purpose-built dormitory operators to provide timely pre-dawn and break fast meals. Said the Mufti: "Our situation is quite different from the context of Malaysia and Indonesia as (people there) have to move long distances, but we have to prepare for various scenarios. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. This article is now fully available for you, Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full. Yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the circuit breaker period will be extended to June 1. In Phase 2 Safe Transition, Muis will continue to provide certain essential services (Emergency Zakat Financial Assistance, Zakat, Fidyah and Kaffarah enquiries and payment, Appeal Board - Filing of notice, petition and record of appeal and payment) at its counters. As part of Singapore's circuit breaker measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, all places of worship have been closed and all social gatherings prohibited. Our country, as well as the rest of the world, is currently fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo thanked the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) for developing religious materials for these workers for Ramadan. But even when the circuit breaker does lift, he said, it does not mean that communal activities can all resume or celebrations for Hari Raya, which marks the end of Ramadan, can take place, as precautions to guard against Covid-19 will still need to be taken. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. He added that even if Muslims here were allowed to carry out the customary visiting of relatives during Hari Raya, measures such as not shaking hands, not sharing food and maintaining social distancing would have to continue.