Muslims around the world will fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month, a time of restraint and austerity
The holy month of Ramadan began in the country on Wednesday as the new moon was sighted in the sky of Bangladesh on Tuesday evening.
The formalities of the month of Ramadan started with Taraweeh prayers and eating sehri Tuesday night.
In the month of Ramadan, the almighty Allah has revealed the holy Quran. Due to this reason, this month is considered holy and very important for the Muslim community.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan on Wednesday evening made the announcement of the beginning of the Ramadan month after holding a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the conference room of Islamic Foundation (IF) at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka.
As per the decision, the holy Shab-e-Qadr or Lailatul Qadr, the night when the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed on the night of May 9.
Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month, a time of restraint and austerity.
Ramadan, also known as Ramzan, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayers, fasting, giving charity, and religious devotion.
Fasting not only entails refraining from food during the hours of sunlight, but also drinking (all beverages, including water), smoking, sex, and “impure thoughts”, which can include violence, sexual thoughts and curse words.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion of Ramadan.
The president, in his message, called upon all to offer prayers at homes during the month of Ramadan following proper health and safety rules.
About the pandemic, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Covid-19 has now become deadly worldwide, adding that infection of this virus is also increasing in Bangladesh like previous year. She urged all to perform prayers including Taraweeh of Ramadan by maintaining social distance and following proper health rules.
The premier also advised all to stay at home and offer prayers seeking peace and welfare of the nation.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has directed that a maximum of 20 Muslims can take part in the congregational prayers at the mosque every time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The instruction will remain in force from April 14 until further instructions.
A notification signed by the Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Religious Affairs Sakhawat Hossain said on Monday that a maximum of 20 Muslim worshipers could take part in the five daily prayers at the mosque to ensure health safety amid the pandemic.
A maximum of 20 worshipers including Khatib, Imam, Hafez, Muazzin, and Khadim will participate in Taraweeh prayers in the month of Ramadan.
Worshipers will take part in the Friday prayers or Jumma prayers following social distance and hygiene rules.
Due to the ongoing lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is expected that public gatherings and any kind of arrangements of iftar on streets or outside would not take place.