How is the Coronavirus disrupting the religious customs of Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Jews?
The number of believers coming to the Ka’bah has dropped significantly
People across the globe have been forced to change their routines and practices in response to a global outbreak of the deadly outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Many are refusing to attend crowds or public gatherings, and many have canceled their travel plans. In many places, people are relying on bloodshed or feet to toes instead of shaking hands or armpits when meeting each other.
In order to prevent the virus from being transmitted from one person to another, the traditional practices and practices of worship in churches, temples, mosques and synagogues are being changed.
But can changing the traditional way of worship satisfy the soul?
People are praying in front of the house of the Kaaba after temporarily closing the courtyard
There has been a drastic decline in the number of visitors to the Ka’bah, the holy sanctuary of Muslims in Makkah, which was often filled with thousands of officials.
Last week, the courtyard of the Ka’aba was temporarily closed for Umrah pilgrims from all over the world.
After cleansing and spraying of anti-inflammatory medicines have been opened but a temporary fence has been set up around the harem Kaaba so that people do not try to touch it.
Both the holy places of Mecca and Medina are still closed to visitors from the outside world.
Muslim pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia from all over the world can play in any part of the Umrah, while the obligatory Hajj can be performed only during the Islamic calendar month, Dhil Hajj.
Every year, millions of people travel to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah.
The holy places of Muslims in Saudi Arabia are filled with devotees
Khadija Tanimo Danu, a woman who owns a travel agency that provides Hajj and Umrah facilities in Nigeria, said a mixed reaction to the ban on foreign visitors has emerged.
Many people are depressed, he said. He said that everyone wants to have the happiness of Umrah.
He said that it was not only Umrah who was affected by this situation.
He said many people are worried about what would happen if the ban was extended to the month of Ramadan and Hajj.
Saudi officials say the ban is temporary but there has been no indication as to how long it will continue.
But much worship is such that they will continue despite worries of an outbreak.
A worldwide concern was raised following the release of a recent video on social media showing Shi’ite visitors kissing a shrine in Iran.
The video shows a Shiite Muslim kissing at the door of an innocent shrine in Qom City, after which he said he was not afraid of the Coronavirus. Shiite Muslims believe that these shrines bring healing to people.
The two men involved in the incident have been jailed, and some Iranians say the shrines should be closed altogether.
For many Muslims, a change in normal attitudes is no big deal.
For example, in South Africa when the first Coronavirus outbreak surfaced, Friday’s sermons at mosques urged people to take precautionary measures.
Muhammad Ali said that worshipers were told to refrain from interfering with each other after praying.
But it is not so easy to give up on these social habits and it will take time. After prayer, people are shaking hands with each other not because they have ignored the directive to take precautionary measures but because they are habitually shaking hands and hugging each other.
He said that some people are now hitting Peru or clapping sweets instead of shaking hands to express feelings of warmth and goodwill when meeting each other.
People are slowly changing their habits as worshipers in Singapore were asked to bring their own prayers for Friday prayers.