Kozhikode, Apr 24: Even as a blanket ban on permitting devotees to religious places across the board remain in force due to COVID-19 lockdown, which restricts the entry and prayer sessions of devotees in mosques, the month-long fasting as part of Ramazan or Ramadan observance got underway on Friday.
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam.
During the holy month, the devotees abstain from eating, drinking, smoking during the daytime (between sunrise and sunset). The devotees observing the dawn-to-dusk fast eat only before dawn (“suhoor”) and after sunset (“Iftar”) Having a great significance for the community across the globe, Muslims observe fast marking it as a gesture to revere the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
The observance of fasting and special prayers lasts for about 29 to 30 days and culminate on the visual sighting of the crescent moon, which is observed as Iid-Ul-Fitr.
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Supremo Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama President Sayed Muhammed Jifri Muthukoya Thangal, Kozhikode Kazi Syed Muhammed Koya Thangal Jamalullalli and the Quamarul Ulama Kanthapuram A P Aboobaker Musiliar were among those religious scholars and leaders here who greeted all the devotees on the occasion of the beginning of the Holy month. (UNI)