The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on Tuesday amid restrictions on community prayers and fasting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Muslims all over the world will observe the fast during which they will refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn until sunset.
Many countries have allowed community prayers with strict social distancing rules unlike empty mosques a year ago, when Islam’s holiest month coincided with the surge in coronavirus infections.
Ramadan, which changes every year based on moon observation, began this year on April 13.
For Muslims, Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over 1,400 years ago.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity, and the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Breaking the fast each day is called “Iftar,” when families and communities come together to feast together. The meal begins with the consumption of a single date, a tradition that originates from the Prophet Muhammad.