INDIA: The pious festival of Ramadan has started and will be celebrated by the Muslim communities amid COVID-19 restrictions. During the Ramadan month, Muslims across the world fast from dawn to dusk and abstain from drinking or eating anything during daylight hours. Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and starts with the sighting of the new moon, also known as the hilal.
The festival has great importance as this is the time when the Holy Quran was revealed by the Prophet. Muslims do fasting in the holy month to strengthen their spiritual health and relationship with God. During this time, Muslims are encouraged to give to charity and show kindness and patience. Fasting is considered among one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars of Islam are the five principles that Muslims believe are compulsory acts ordered by God.
Meanwhile in the UK, with the easing of some lockdown rules, up to six people are allowed to gather outdoors for iftar. Earlier, in 2020, people were banned from visiting their friends and relatives during Ramazan. Elsewhere around the world, similar lockdown restrictions and rules are in place, such as wearing face masks whilst worshipping.
The United Arab Emirates has notified a ban on evening gatherings during Ramadan among other measures to be complied with as it combats the coronavirus pandemic.
In a tweet, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities asked people to “avoid evening gatherings during Ramadan, limit family visits, and avoid distributing and exchanging meals between homes and families”.