New Delhi , Apr 25:
The Ramzan moon was sighted this evening and Muslims in India will begin fasting from Saturday as they welcomed the holy month amid unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic and a nationwide lockdown.
Every year, the sighting of the Ramzan moon brings great cheer for Muslims as they scamper to make preparations for fasting and head to mosques to begin special ‘Taraweeh’ prayers, but not this time.
At a meeting of the Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind here, it was announced that the moon was sighted in Delhi and in several parts of the country.
Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari and Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri mosque Mufti Mukarram Ahmed also said the moon was sighted and the fasting will start from Saturday.
They appealed to Muslims to perform all rituals and prayers at home during Ramzan while adhering to social distancing and lockdown norms. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended Ramzan greetings, hoping that the people achieve a decisive victory in the ongoing battle against coronavirus and create a healthier planet. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also wished the people.
The prime minister hoped that the holy month brings with it abundance of kindness, harmony and compassion.
“May we achieve a decisive victory in the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and create a healthier planet,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Ramzan Mubarak! I pray for everyone’s safety, well-being and prosperity,” Modi said.