Most human beings around the world have been affected in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an unprecedented and extraordinary challenge to humanity in our lifetimes. Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary action.
Just because we have to keep apart physically, does not mean we cannot (virtually) come together in solidarity, compassion, and kindness to help those in need. Let’s use the spirit of Ramadan, regardless of faith of background, to unite in common humanity.
This moment can teach us about what matters in our lives. It allows us time to reflect, take stock of our blessings, and turn our minds and hearts to those who may not have enough, especially during these days of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. There are many people in our world who, even without a virus on the loose, find it difficult to make ends meet; the pandemic has only amplified their struggles and their needs.
Let’s be generous, kind and compassionate to friend and stranger alike. Respond to selfishness with generosity, division with social solidarity, and meanness with compassion and kindness.
The virus has shown us that we are one human family, inextricably connected, interdependent, and in this together.