The Holy Ramadan, the lunar month of self-purification through fasting and abstinence, begins in the country today as the new crescent moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Tuesday evening.
The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office in the capital with Religious AffairsMinister Faridul Haque Khan in the chair.
Lailatul Qadr, the night of divine blessing and benediction, will be observed on the night of May 9.
“The crescent moon of Ramadan is sighted in the Bangladesh sky. The holy month will begin on Wednesday,” said the National Moon Sighting Committee’s Chairman and Religious Affairs Minister Faridul Haque Khan.
Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith which is also known as Kalimah, Salah— daily prayers, annual charity— known as ‘zakat’ – and performing the Hajj pilgrimage.
The holy month has arrived this year in a time when the Covid-19 cases have been soaring in Bangladesh and the government has enforced strict lockdown from today to stem the spread of the deadly virus.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs already said a maximum of 20 people, including the khatib, imam, hafez, muezzin and khadim, would attend Tarabi prayers simultaneously at a mosque during Ramadan.It also said that a maximum of 20 devotees would participate in the five daily prayers in the mosque and devotees have to maintain health guidelines properly during Jummah prayer.
Besides, no public gathering will be allowed in the name of iftar mahfil.