The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on Tuesday amid a ban on communal prayers and fasting due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Muslims around the world will observe fasting, during which time they abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.
In contrast to the empty mosques a year ago, many countries allowed strict social distance to communal prayers, when the holiest month of Islam coincided with a coronavirus infection.
Ramadan, which varies from year to year depending on the sighting of the moon, began on April 13 this year.
For Muslims, Ramadan is a month in which the first verse of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) about 1,400 years ago.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, with Muslims declaring their faith, daily prayers, charity, and the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
When families and communities gather for a feast together, breaking the daily fast is called “iftar”. The meal begins with a single date meal, a tradition from the source of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).