Muslims in India will begin fasting from Saturday as they welcomed the holy month of Ramzan amid the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The Ramzan moon was sighted on Friday evening.
Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari and Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri mosque Mufti Mukarram Ahmed appealed to Muslims to perform all prayers and rituals at home while adhering to the norms of social distancing.
Ramadan is considered to be the time when people come closer to God, and one of the main reasons behind observing it is to remember the many sufferings of the underprivileged and less fortunate people. During the holy month, Muslims also donate alms to the poor.
After the month of fasting is over, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated, which the community observes with great joy and fervour. They put on their best clothes and meet and greet their loved ones. But this year, the celebrations are likely to be different due to the coronavirus outbreak.