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Ramadan 2020: Jama Masjid remains closed amid Covid-19 lockdown

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.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 31, 2021 10:00:58 am
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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.

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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.

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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.

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18:04 (IST)25 Apr 2020
Here's how Ramadan is being observed

The “tarabi” is generally held in mosques in the evenings, and is attended by most Muslim men. For the first time, it won’t happen because of the lockdown imposed to contain the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more here 

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15:37 (IST)25 Apr 2020
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Ramadan Kareem my brothers and sisters. 🌙 Ramzan Mubarak

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14:11 (IST)25 Apr 2020
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13:50 (IST)25 Apr 2020
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11:30 (IST)25 Apr 2020
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11:01 (IST)25 Apr 2020
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10:13 (IST)25 Apr 2020
Time to wish your loved ones on the occasion of Ramzan
Wish your loved ones with these wishes. (Source: File Photo; designed by Gargi Singh)

May this Ramadan bring endless moments of joy and happiness in your life. On this auspicious occasion, you can wish your loved ones and make it even more special. Here's wishing a lovely and beautiful Ramadan! Read more here 

08:43 (IST)25 Apr 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes everyone the occasion
08:40 (IST)25 Apr 2020
President conveys Ramzan greetings.

President Ram Nath Kovind Friday greeted citizens on the occasion of Ramzan and hoped that the pious month of fasting will inspire all to be compassionate and kind towards other, especially those in need. "Ramzan Mubarak to all. May this pious month inspire us to be compassionate and kind towards others, especially those in need," he tweeted, adding, "On this occassion, let us resolve to defeat COVID-19 through our collective determination and discipline.Ramzan Mubarak to all. May this pious month inspire us to be compassionate and kind towards others, especially those in need. On this occasion, let us resolve to defeat COVID-19 through our collective determination and discipline.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 24, 2020

06:24 (IST)25 Apr 2020
Chandigarh DGP presents dates, Janamaj to Muslim community for Ramzan

A day before the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan, DGP Chandigarh police Sanjay Baniwal visited the Sector 20 Jama Masjid to thank the Tricity residents for deciding to observe the one-month long fasts and the ritual prayers of Taraweeh (namaz) at homes.

DGP Sanjay Baniwal also handed over around 800 packets of dry fruits and jaanamaz (prayer mat) to the head maulvis of the Tricity’s prominent mosques. The maulvis were invited to the Sector 20 Jama Masjid and given the dry fruit packets to distribute them to the other devotees further. Officials said that social distancing norms were strictly practiced.

The Tricity is home to about 1.50 lakh people of the Muslim community and at least three dozen mosques in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali have already conveyed to the devotees to observe this year’s Ramzan at their homes. While the devotees will observe fasts for one month till May 25, the first roza (fast) will be observed on Saturday.

Imam of the Jama Masjid-20, Maulana Mohammed Ajmal Khan said, “I am 70-year-old and have been observing the Ramzan rozas since my youthful days. It is for the first time in my life that we are urging people to observe Ramzan at homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have decided to stay at home and had closed the doors of the mosques around a fortnight back. We have urged people to observe the Taraweeh namaz (which is specially offered during Ramzan) at homes. These days, we keep the doors of the mosques closed on Fridays as well.”

Mufti Mohammed Anaz of Sector 26 mosque, Tari Shamshed Ali of Sector 45 mosque, Maulana Mohammed Imran of Mani Majra Mosque and Haji Noor Mohammed of Tabligi Jammat were present at the occasion. Police officers, including DIG Omvir Singh, SSP Nilambri Vijay Jagdale, DSP Ram Gopal and DSP Charanjit Singh Virk were also present there.

DGP Baniwal said, 'Social distancing has become the need of the hour. Administration has already banned the large scale gathering of people at public, religious and private places.'

01:47 (IST)25 Apr 2020
For Ramzan, JK opens bakeries, dry fruits shops

With the start of holy month of Ramzan,the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday ordered reopening of bakery shops and allowed home delivery of dry fruits in the entire Union territory.

These steps were taken on directions of Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu following the inclusion of these two businesses in the list of permitted business in the government of India notification. As per an official order issued by the government of India Secretary Simrandeep Singh, J&K administration issued direction to UT's all districts' deputy commissioners to permit above two businesses.

"In continuation of instructions and SOPs issued by the state executive committee, I am further directed to convey to you that following items may also be permitted to function, subject to the condition of maintaining social distancing and after obtaining passes from deputy commissioners", he said in a directive to DC on Friday.(PTI)

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Every year during the holy month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month as per the Islamic calendar, members of the Muslim community observe a fast or roza. The intense fast, which starts from sunrise and ends at sunset, is broken by ‘Iftar’ or the feast that takes place after sunset.

This year, the month is expected to begin Thursday, April 23 — subject to the sighting of the moon — and conclude Saturday, May 23.

As per Islamic beliefs and traditions, the holy book of Quran was revealed to prophet Muhammad during Ramadan. Muslims also believe that during this time, the gates of hell close and those of heaven open.

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