In pictures: A Ramazan like no other

Ramadan World

The Muslim holy month of Ramazan has begun, and the holidays will be very different from previous years.

Imam Hassanat Ahmed delivers his Friday broadcast entitled ‘Preparing for a Unique Ramazan’ via multiple social media platforms from the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam Mosque on April 24, in Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. PHOTO: AFP

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Islamic holy sites remain empty, including Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Worshipers are advised to pray at home.

An aerial view shows the Grand Mosque and its surroundings, deserted on the first day of Ramazan in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on April 24. PHOTO: AFP

Other mosques try to practice social distancing.

An Iraqi Sunni cleric of Sheikh Hameed reads the Koran at the Umm Al-Tabool Mosque in central Baghdad on April 24. PHOTO: EPA
Drummers in traditional dress play and read folk poems to wake people up for the Sahurian meal, the last meal before a long day of fasting that begins with the call to prayer at sunrise during the holy month of Ramazan in Gaza City on April 24 . PHOTO: Anadolu agency
A Muslim faithful reads the Koran outside the closed Jamia Mosque in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 24. PHOTO: Reuters
A Muslim Imam leads a prayer in an empty National Mosque, broadcast live on April 24 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: REUTERS
Workers pray as they wait to break the fast at their shop in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 24. PHOTO: EPA
A woman in Hebron, West Bank, picks out freshly baked pastries as she shops for groceries before the start of Ramadan. PHOTO: AFP

تصویروں میں: رمضان کے جیسا کوئی اور نہیں

مسلمانوں کا مقدس مہینہ رمضان المبارک شروع ہوچکا ہے ، تعطیلات پچھلے سالوں سے بہت مختلف ہوں گی۔

کورونا وائرس وبائی بیماری کی وجہ سے ، بہت سارے اسلامی مقدس مقامات خالی ہیں ، بشمول سعودی عرب میں مکہ اور مدینہ اور یروشلم میں مسجد اقصیٰ۔ عبادت گزاروں کو گھر میں نماز ادا کرنے کا مشورہ دیا جا رہا ہے۔

دوسری مساجد معاشرتی فاصلے پر عمل کرنے کی کوشش کررہی ہیں۔