Muslims all over the world are observing Ramadan. Ramadan is the name of the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is a holy month where Muslims observe fasting for 30 days.
In Pic: Inside Kowloon Mosque before social distancing measures (photo credit: Latifah Sat)
During this period, Muslims wake up for their pre-dawn meal called suhoor at around 4am before praying the obligatory morning prayer called fajr. The fast is broken with a meal called iftar, which is typically eaten together with family or friends or in the mosque. Fasting literally means abstaining from food and drink (yes, even water) from sunrise till sunset.
Evenings are characterised by spiritual activity.
The end of Ramadan is marked by the holiday of Eid ul Fitr, one of the two major holidays in Islam.
To understand how the Corona virus has affected those in our community and this important celebration, we went out to interview practicing Muslims in the community.