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Ramadan 2020 begins in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan on Saturday April 25

Muslims in Kerala and part of Karnataka have also stared fasting for the month of Ramadan from Friday April 24

Friday April 24, 2020 8:36 PM, ummid.com News Network

Ramadan Moon 2020 India, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Ramadan 2020 Date India, Pakistan and Bangladesh Live Update: Along with announcing the start of Ramadan from Saturday April 25, Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been asked to follow the Coronavirus lockdown norms, and perform all prayers, including Taraweeh, at home.

07: 45 pm (IST): Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind New Delhi and Bangladesh Ministry of Religious Affairs Dhaka have confirmed sighting of moon today i.e. Friday.

"A meeting of Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind has been held today at 1, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002. It has been verified that moon was been sighted in Delhi and in several parts of the country", Muizuddin Ahmad, Secretary, Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, New Delhi, said.

"Maulana Muizuddin Ruyat-e-Hilal Committee, Imarat-e-Sharaiyah-Hind, has therefore, declared that the 1st Ramadan falls on Saturday 25th of April 2020", he added.

"The Holy Ramadan, the lunar month of self-purification through fasting and abstinence, begins in the country from this evening as the new moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky today (April 24)", Bangladesh local newspapers said.

"The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at Islamic Foundation's Baitul Mukarram office with Religious Affairs Secretary Nurul Islam in the chair", the reports said.

07: 15 pm (IST): The Ramadan moon has been sighted in India and Bangladesh.

Ramadan moon is sighted today i.e. Friday April 24, 2020 in various parts of India and Bangladesh. Official announcement by Moon committees in the two countries is expected shortly.

Pakistan has already announced Saturday April 25 as the first day of Ramadan. Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries have begun fasting from today.

05:30 pm (IST): The moon sighting committees in India and Bangladesh will begin their meeting soon after Maghrib prayers today. The meeting will deliberate on reports of moon sighting, if any, coming from various parts in these countries.

As Maghrib prayers end in Bangladesh early as compared to India, an announcement regarding the start of Ramadan 2020 in Bangladesh will be made first.

01:35 pm (IST): The Central Moon Sighting Committees in India and Bangladesh have issued appeals to Muslims in their respective countries to sight the crescent, Ramadan Moon or Ramzan Chand, Friday April 24, 2020 corresponding to 29th Shaban 1441 H.

Markazi Rooyat e Hilal Committee in Pakistan has announced Thursday, corresponding to 29th of Shaban in Pakistan, that the first day of Ramadan 2020 in the country will be Saturday April 25, 2020.

Ramadan 2020 in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and other Arab states on the other hand has started from today i.e. Friday April 24, 2020.

Muslims in Kerala and part of Karnataka have also stared fasting for the month of Ramadan from Friday April 24.

In India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other Southasian countries meanwhile the Central Moon Sighting Committees, also known as Markazi Ruet-e-Hilal Committees, have made special arrangements in Islamabad, Dhaka, New Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other cities to sight the new moon and decide the first day of Ramadan 2020.

The moon sighting committees will hold special meeting today after Salate Maghrib and ascertain reports of moon sighting, if any. An announcement about the first day of Ramadan will follow soon after the Maghrib prayers.

Start of Ramadan 2020

The beginning of Ramadan has traditionally been based on “hilal” sightings, which is the traditional method mentioned in the Quran and followed by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

A new month in the Islamic Calendar begins with sighting of moon on 29th of the prevailing month. If the new moon, Crescent, is sighted, the next day is counted as first day of the new month. If not, the next day is counted as 30th day of the prevailing month and the new month begins a day later.

If the new moon is sighted today on April 24, the Holy month of fasting will begin in India, Bangladesh and other Souhtasian countries on Saturday April 25, 2020. In case the new moon is not sighted on April 24, then Ramadan in India, Bangladesh, and other countries will begin on Sunday April 26, 2020.

Why Muslims fast in Ramadan?

Muslims around the world observe fast and refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during the 30 days of Ramadan. Since the days are longest in this season, Muslims fast from 17 hours in some region to as many as 23 hours in some others.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five tenants of Islam and is compulsory on every adult men and women. It is not mandatory on children. Yet a huge majority of children observe fast along with their parents and other family members despite scorching heat.

Impact of Coronavirus on Ramadan

Ramadan is also known as the month of Quran and also as the month of charity. Hence, while observing dawn to dusk fast, Muslims all over the world recite Quran. Special prayers called as Taraweeh are also organized in mosques. Taraweeh is performed in addition to the daily prayers of five times. Millions of rupees are also donated during the month of Ramadan which is later used for different charity works and feeding poor.

Umrah is another hallmark feature of Ramadan. However, due to coronavirus outbreak, Umrah during Ramadan 2020 will not be possible as Saudi Arabia has imposed travel ban and suspended all international flights.

Most of other countries in the world too are under lockdown. Daily and Friday prayers are also suspended in all these countries that are affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Against this backdrop, Muslims have decided to offer daily and Traweeh prayers during the month of Ramadan at home till the Coronavirus lockdown is lifted.

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