Best wishes to those who observe this month; may your daily fasts be uneventful and your prayers powerful.
From the AP:
… Ramadan, which begins Tuesday in Egypt and other countries across the Middle East, comes as much of the world has been hit by an intense new coronavirus wave. For many Muslims navigating restrictions, that means hopes of a better Ramadan than last year have been dashed with the surge in infection rates though regulations vary in different countries.
A time for fasting, worship and charity, Ramadan is also when people typically congregate for prayers, gather around festive meals to break their daylong fast, throng cafes and exchange visits.
Once again, some countries are imposing new restrictions. But concern is high that the month’s communal rituals could stoke a further surge.
“The lack of adherence that happened last Ramadan, hasty lifting of the curfew imposed at the time and re-opening of places of congregations … led to grave consequences that lasted for months,” said Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean…
As #Ramadan begins this week, Muslim authorities have discussed regulations for online prayers and banning public dinners after sunset. Many mosques are closed, and vaccines are recommended. DW's @JenniferHolleis and @CathrinSchaer report. https://t.co/meEDEcYWFE
— DW Deutsche Welle (@DeutscheWelle) April 12, 2021
Nightly prayers at the mosque? Big iftars? Vaccines? Ramadan 2021 brings decisions for Muslims. https://t.co/7iMuR4uXZ7
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) April 11, 2021