Ramadan this year lasts from April 24 to May 23. During the holy month of Ramadan, healthy and mature Muslims wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor, and after sunset they will have a “vegetarian” dinner called iftar, ending the day’s fasting process. People also gather in mosques to pray. After sunset, mosques or families with conditions often hold large iftars, especially for the needy.
But this year, in the context of the strong outbreak of Covid-19, most countries applied a ban on gathering, restricting the concentration of people, causing mosques to close, asking people to pray at home to stop the spread of Covid-19.
On April 23, in Indonesia – the country with the most Muslim population in the world – the Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi called on the Muslim community across the country to limit the mass religious activities, the meetings. Tarawih prayers, graves visit and relocation to the country during the holiday month.
In the countries of Malaysia, Singapore, mosques are also closed under the government’s social stretching regulations to cut off Covid-19’s spreading chain. The government urged Muslims to practice praying at home, limiting crowds.
Even the main fair activity during the month of Ramadan, where Muslims buy food before iftar is banned in Malaysia. Instead, Malaysian Muslims are allowed to buy goods in the online form of “e-bazaars”, which will be delivered to their homes.
According to VTV