Saudi announces Ramadan starts on Friday amid COVID-19 fears

Saudi announces Ramadan starts on Friday amid COVID-19 fears

Channel NewsAsia - World·2020-04-24 03:01

Ramadan is considered an auspicious period to travel to Mecca to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage, which Saudi authorities suspended due to COVID-19, leaving the usually packed area around the sacred Kaaba empty. (AFP Photo)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest shrines, has announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start on Friday, as Muslims worldwide face unprecedented restrictions to counter COVID-19.

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