In Ramadan … the meetings leave the boundaries of “Social Media” and return to their appearance

Ruba Riahi

Amman Nearly two years of pain, illness, and alienation around the world have changed the form of family gatherings. That period did not pass easily, but was shrouded in cruelty by people’s lack of closeness and true attachment.

Families were prevented from living the rituals of the holy month as they should, so the meetings were limited to video calls and written and audio conversations, to alleviate even a little of their sense of alienation and distance.

And because the month of Ramadan is marked by its spiritual atmosphere and the intimacy between hearts and tables filled with the noise and laughter of loved ones, these restrictions have never been easy for young and old.

But today, after the mitigating measures taken by the government, normal life in homes, mosques and restaurants returns to give hope to the souls again, and to confirm that life, even if it is difficult, in the end triumph over disease, loss and pain.

With hearts full of joy and hope; This year, the family of Hajj Abu Farid will receive the month of Ramadan, the month of grace and blessings, and they are sure that bitter moments, even if they are long, will not last.

Abu Farid says the Corona pandemic and its prolongation for more than two years was not an ordinary transient event, but it was, of course, marked by much sadness, separation and alienation.

It shows that social networking sites never give up on real life, although they have greatly helped to alleviate people’s dependence on video calls at that time, which inevitably reduced feelings of alienation and provided the opportunity for one another. to watch, even if it was from behind rigid screens. A soul that has no touch and true feelings.

Abu Farid points out that the return to normal life in people revived a sense of hope and brought them out of the stagnation of routine, allowing them to meet now with their family and friends, but without exaggeration, so that the health situation remains under control.

He finds his happiness in the gathering of his children and grandchildren around his table in an atmosphere of love and jokes, hoping that he will not be deprived of those moments because it sends warmth and security into his soul.

On top of that, Manar, in his thirties, believes that Ramadan will be different in all respects this year, especially that it will be more flexible than the previous two years. Corona “taught us to appreciate the value of blessings in our lives most, which is important to the blessing of family and true communication.”

She points out that through this difficult experience during the pandemic, she made sure that a person should take advantage of every moment in the vicinity of the one he loves, as she has been trying to bridge her shortcomings over the past two years. by resorting to social networking sites and compensating her family and friends for the time she spent away from them.

She finds that these sites have helped her recover her love and care. She claims that the return of life to normal will give her and others the opportunity to repair the damaged relationships, and everyone will be able to open new pages with those around them after the hard test they went through, which had the upper hand to fix things in the right place.

Psychologist Dr. Musa Matarneh believes that returning to normal life away from social networking sites, which was an alternative to face-to-face meeting for two years, will help all people overcome a lot of pressure, fears and anxiety as these sites was almost the only one. means of communication between family and friends.

Therefore, the month of Ramadan is supposed to return this year to its rituals and spirituality that distinguishes it from other months. According to Matarneh, the psychological impact of this openness after a long period of prohibition, stress and tension at all levels will be positive because people will feel the difference.

It shows that the tables will be filled after they are empty, that the houses will be filled with family gatherings and evenings, and life will return to mosques, restaurants and parks. Reducing the precautionary measures put in place for the safety of all is an important and in place decision that has come to restore people’s safety and make them more optimistic and comfortable.

The new decisions freed people from certain limitations and allowed them to move and visit, which increased their morale and made them feel psychologically comfortable and that they were next to their loved ones without any obstacles that sense their closeness. Of course, it all plays a big role in strengthening and strengthening relationships away from hatred and malice, and in empowering them with love and tolerance.

Social specialist Mufid Sarhan says the Corona pandemic, which hit the world more than two years ago, has had significant impacts on various health, educational, economic, tourism, social and other sectors. Where preventative measures, physical distancing, meeting prevention and other measures have influenced the nature of social relationships.

Although social media has helped to reduce the social effects, as it is easy to communicate at a distance between everyone through writing, voice and image, which has made it possible to continue communication and mitigate the effects of procedures.

However, face-to-face communication is the most important and best means of communication, where feelings and emotions are exchanged and psychological comfort is felt.

And this year comes the month of Ramadan with the easing of preventative measures and allowing gatherings, increasing family and social contact, visiting wombs, as well as inviting friends and family. Moreover, the opportunity to meet and earn reward and reward, for whoever breaks the fast for a fasting person will have such a reward.

The nature of the month Ramadan allows family members to get together for breakfast and suhoor at the same time, while on other days it can be difficult to meet at the same time due to the nature of work and its circumstances.

Sarhan added that the Tarawih prayer is another opportunity to meet the people of the neighborhood and the region for a whole month. They gather in the mosque, do prayer worship and get to know each other more.

Likewise, the tables of the Most Merciful are also one of the manifestations to which society and philanthropists are accustomed to stand with the needy and passers-by, so it is one of the manifestations of social solidarity associated with the month of Ramadan.

Everyone will feel this year that Ramadan has returned to its rituals that were absent from the Corona pandemic, and an opportunity for spiritual upliftment. This month is a school for education and an intensive course that is not like other courses.

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