FAS ● Apr 23, 2020
FAS President’s Ramadan 2020 Message
Dear members of the FAS,
Tomorrow, Muslims all around the world will begin fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. This specific month in the Islamic calendar has always been one of abstention, prayer, reflection and community bonding.
This year, our football Muslim friends and families go into Ramadan in very challenging and restrictive ways due to the Circuit Breaker measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no large Iftar ( fast-breaking ) meals with friends and family, and no communal gathering for the nightly ‘Tarawih’ prayers. This year’s Ramadan atmosphere will undoubtedly be dampened somewhat.
I will miss the opportunity to join in the Iftar sessions with our Muslim members, players, officials, friends and families. While not a Muslim myself, it is the sense and essence of togetherness that Ramadan brings out in all of us which I appreciated the most, as we sit down together for a communal meal and strengthen ties with one another.
It is clear that the COVID-19 virus serves to test our resolve as a footballing community especially for those who will be fasting. We will be worried about the health and welfare of our family and friends, especially the healthcare and other essential workers who remain on the frontlines, to ensure that our key services continue to remain in operation and to tick efficiently.
However, let us take this opportunity to see the positive aspects as well. We have seen communities coming together to help those in need. There have been numerous examples and stories of selfless acts of kindness which have then been paid forward in one way or another.
During this coronavirus outbreak, there are many ways through which we can help each other, whether that be donations in cash or kind, supporting local businesses or checking up on our neighbours. It is without doubt that football is the beautiful game that could galvanize a nation. In the spirit of Ramadan let us band together as one team acting and playing in unity and in total solidarity so we can get through this as one.
To all Muslim members of the FAS family, I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Ramadan.
Lim Kia Tong