The Muslim holy month of Ramadan started on Tuesday amid restrictions on communal prayers and fasting because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Muslims internationally can be observing fasting throughout which they abstain from consuming, consuming and smoking from daybreak till sundown.
Many nations have allowed communal prayers with strict social distancing guidelines in distinction to the empty mosques a yr in the past when Islam’s holiest month coincided with the spike in coronavirus infections.
Ramadan, which modifications every year relying on the sighting of the moon, started this yr on April 13.
For Muslims, Ramadan is the month wherein the primary verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy ebook, had been revealed to the Prophet Muhammad greater than 1,400 years in the past.
Fasting throughout Ramadan is without doubt one of the 5 pillars of Islam, together with the Muslim declaration of religion, every day prayer, charity and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The breaking of the quick every day known as the “Iftar”, when households and communities collect to feast collectively. The meal begins with the consuming of a single date, a practice that originated with the Prophet Muhammad.