Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic
17 May 2020 | 11:00 am
Ramadan is typically a period of both worship and socialising, but this year strict lockdowns have limited gatherings for iftar meals at dusk when the fast is broken — a centrepiece of Ramadan. For millions of Muslims around the world, this Ramadan is unlike any other, with closed mosques and family gatherings forbidden.
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