Muslims will spend Ramadan at home this year

Muslims will spend Ramadan at home this year
London. April 24. INTERFAX-Millions of Muslims around the world will spend the Holy fasting month of Ramadan in self-isolation due to restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, the British newspaper "independent" reports.
Usually during Ramadan, Muslims gathered in mosques, homes, and streets to pray, and organized an iftar, an evening meal. However, in 2020, believers are encouraged to stay at home.
So, the Islamic clergy of the UK notes that there is nothing wrong with observing Ramadan at home.
"Islam is a very flexible religion, it takes into account all circumstances, so prayers that would be in mosques can be performed at home, there is nothing wrong with this, given the current situation," said the Imam of the London mosque, Fazl Farhad Ahmad.
He added that self-isolation is "a kind of natural phenomenon during Ramadan", and in the situation with the pandemic, Muslims have the opportunity to "spend more time praising God". Speaking about services in mosques, Ahmad stressed that " the desire to pray with other people in a mosque is secondary to saving lives."
According to the British edition of the evening standard, the Muslim Council of great Britain has organized a virtual iftar, which Muslims can join online and perform evening worship together.
According to media reports, the authorities of Asian countries where a large number of Muslims live also urge to keep a distance and stay at home. A number of countries organize online events on the occasion of Ramadan.
So, employees Of the Muslim cultural center of Delhi, which conducts religious training, will read the Koran live every evening. "This is the best way to pray to Allah and ensure everyone's safety," said the center's Chairman, Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali.
The day before, the Malaysian government extended the travel ban until may 12, and also imposed a ban on attending prayer events in mosques, but in the country, restrictions on Ramadan are regarded as an opportunity to spend more time with family. This is what Prime Minister Muhiddin Yasin said in a televised address.
Earlier it was reported that a number of Islamic countries imposed a ban on visiting religious sites and closed access to places of pilgrimage.
For example, Saudi Arabia has suspended the issuance of visas to Muslims who want to make a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. Due to the pandemic, mosques and prayer facilities in the country remain closed.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has announced an extension of the ban on visiting mosques and other religious places for another two weeks.
In Turkey, in addition, a ban was imposed on the placement of tents, which distributed free dinners for iftar and Breakfast for suhur-a meal in the early morning during Ramadan.
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