7 Tips for Using WhatsApp to Connect with Loved Ones During Ramadan

Ramadan, a holy month of reflection and togetherness, is a time when people spend more time with family and friends, plan community meets, and organise charity events. With the ease of WhatsApp, much of this planning and organising can be done within the privacy of chats. Here are some tips and ideas for using WhatsApp effectively to create new memories with loved ones this Ramadan.

Plan your virtual iftar

Breaking fast during Ramadan with family and friends is often a tradition, but if some loved ones are unable to be there in person, organise a virtual iftar evening on WhatsApp with video calls for up to 32 people. You can also use call links to plan ahead so everyone knows when to join in, instead of adding people one by one.

Share inspiring meal ideas with family and friends

Sahur and iftar are the two most important meals during Ramadan, but planning meals for a month can become a chore. Create a WhatsApp Group of home cooks and foodies to share meal ideas, and upload photos of your meals to Status to inspire others.

Embark on acts of charity and goodwill

Giving to the community and being charitable are a big part of Ramadan. Set a reminder for yourself to fulfill your Zakat rites with WhatsApp’s message yourself and pin the chat so it stays top of mind. Organise people to support a social cause through WhatsApp Communities.

Get creative with your Ramadan greetings

Personalize your greetings by creating your avatar or recording your greetings in a voice note to convey your heartfelt wishes. Use Reactions to show how you feel when you receive greetings.

Organise a fun evening at a Ramadan Bazaar

Visiting vibrant bazaars filled with festive food is a must-do during Ramadan. Use WhatsApp Polls to help you and your loved ones decide which bazaar to visit. Turn on live location so your companions can find you easily if you lose each other in a crowded bazaar.

Keep yourself protected from scammers

Be aware of fake festive promotions and deals that scammers may send. Report and block unwanted messages on WhatsApp, and activate two-step verification to protect your account. Share these tips with your friends and family to help each other stay safe.

Set time aside for reflection

Find time to self-reflect by muting chat groups for 8 hours to 1 week or until you’re ready to tune in again. Ramadan is a month of being socially active, but it’s also a month to reflect and find inner peace.

17 March 2023

Author: Terry KS

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