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Thailand’s Muslim leader issues special instructions for Ramadan 2020

Jack Burton

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The Muslim holy month of Ramadan will last from From April 24 or 25 to May 23 or 24 (depending on the lunar cycle) this year, during which time the faithful will practice fasting and take part in religious activities at mosques, residences and other designated areas. The spiritual leader of Thailand’s Muslims, the Sheikhul lslam, has issued an announcement urging Muslims to take precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As usual, all Muslims will practice fasting during daylight hours, but they must not spit in public areas because it could potentially spread disease to others.

Feasts at mosques, residences all other areas are cancelled. Instead, people may prepare well-cooked food, put it in enclosed containers and give it to their neighbours and relatives.

When family members come together to consume suhoor (pre-dawn) meals, they are advised to use their own plates and utensils, sit at least a metre from each other and wash their hands before and after eating.

The spiritual ritual of Itikaf, or retreating to mosques for days of devotion, will not be held this year, and Muslims are advised to avoid praying in congregations. Religious activities at mosques or other designated areas are called off.

Provincial Islamic committees will notify mosques in their provinces to provide information and understanding of Zakat al-Fitr and Fidyah (distribution of food to the poor) in advance, as Ramadan is soon upon us. Mosques will collect the people’s donations, which will be given to families in need.

SOURCE: NNT

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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