The Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Saleh Hitimana, has said that in a bid to help continue fighting the spread of COVID-19, Rwandan Muslims will this year conduct the Eid ul Fitri prayers to mark the end of Ramadan in the confines of their homes.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar that obliges healthy adult Muslims to abstain from food and drink from dawn until dusk.
All Muslims who have reached puberty and other adults in good physical and mental health are expected to fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
As lunar months are shorter than solar, the Islamic calendar does not correspond with the Gregorian calendar followed in the West which means that Ramadan occurs around 11 days earlier every year.
An estimated 1.6 Muslims participate in the holy month of Ramadan every year.