April 30, 2022 | Ramadan 29, 1443 AH
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Abundant Peace, Blessings and Salutations upon the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
As we approach the end of this Blessed month, this will be the third Ramadan that we have completed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While this past month was marked by the sixth wave, it was also the first Ramadan where the majority of our community members were vaccinated and protected against COVID-19. This allowed for prayer congregations at full capacity, Iftar gatherings, and other community activities that brought us together, while still making sure that we were taking the appropriate steps to keep ourselves and our communities safe. As we celebrate this ‘Eid, it is important to keep this mindset of health and safety while we enjoy time with friends and family.
‘Eid Day Guidelines
Start your Eid with the same rituals - eat an odd number of dates, perform ghusl, dress up in your best clothes and recite the ‘Eid takbirat.
Self-screen before going to the masjid and any gatherings; use Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) if you have any symptoms or exposures to persons with COVID-19; swab inside your cheek, nose, and throat for best results and repeat in 24 hours if you still suspect infection.
Make sure you have received all primary and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that you are eligible for; not being fully vaccinated increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
Outdoor prayers, ‘Eid gatherings, and other celebrations are preferred over indoors, as weather, safety, and regulations permit; if gathering indoors, open windows and doors for cross-ventilation, or use portable HEPA air purifiers.
Wear a well-fitted mask that covers the mouth, nose, and chin when indoors at the masjid, or attending an ‘Eid gathering with anyone outside your household bubble.
Hug and kiss your close family members freely; embrace those outside your household bubble while wearing a mask.
Serve and eat food outdoors, if possible; if indoors with others outside your household bubble, temporarily remove your mask to eat and drink; follow standard food safety measures and practices.
The CMCTF’s COVID-19 Gathering Risk Assessment Tool can help you decide whether or not it is safe to attend or host a gathering based on your individual circumstances, and how to make gatherings safer.
With these recommendations, we can ensure a safe celebration of Eid, while keeping our loved ones and communities safe.
Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones from the Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force! May Allah SWT accept our duas, fasts and hajaats, Ameen.