The holy month of Ramadan – a time when Muslims engage in self-purification through fasting and abstinence -- begins in the country today as the new crescent moon was sighted in the sky yesterday evening.
This indicates that Lailatul Qadr, the night of divine blessing and benediction, will be observed on May 9.
The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation's Baitul Mukarram office with Religious Affairs Minister Faridul Haque Khan in the chair.
After the meeting, Faridul announced the decision of the committee at a press conference.
Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month.
This year, a maximum of 20 people, including the khatibs, imams, hafez, muezzins and khadims, can together attend Tarabi prayers and the five daily prayers in one mosque during the holy month.
The statement was part of some instructions issued by the ministry on April 12 in regards to offering prayers at mosques from April 14 till further notice in order to ensure proper health safety measures following the current Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh.
Besides, there will be no iftar mahfils and sehris at mosques during the month of Ramadan this year to tackle the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping through the country.