Holy month of Ramadan begins in Egypt on Saturday: Dar Al-Iftaa

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Apr 2022

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will start in Egypt on Saturday, according to an announcement by Dar Al-Iftaa, the body responsible for issuing religious edicts in the country.

Dar Al-Iftaa

Dar Al-Iftaa's announcement was made during a celebration Friday evening after observing the crescent moon of the holy month.

During Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn until dusk, a practice that constitutes one of the religion's five pillars.

Ramadan 2022 will end on 2 May and will be followed by Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast," which is a three-day religious holiday (3-5 May) that is celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

Ramadan comes roughly 10 days earlier every year. Last year, Ramadan started on 13 April 2021 and ended on 12 May.

This year, Egyptian Muslims will be witnessing the holy month amid relaxed coronavirus related restrictions, as the country has been witnessing a decline in cases and deaths.

Egypt announced on Sunday that a ban on Ramadan charity banquets due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted as of Saturday, ending a two-year suspension on the popular tradition.

Also, for the first time since 2020, mosques are now allowed to open their annex event halls and conduct the afternoon prayer sermons (Al-Asr) and mass Ramadan night prayers (Taraweeh) sermon during the holy month.

However, Ramadan late-night prayers (Tahajjud) and seclusion in mosques for a period of time in Ramadan (Itikaf) will remain be prohibited for the third year.

In addition, Egypt has announced extending the working hours for shops, restaurants, malls and cafes till 2am during the Ramadan, according to a decision issued on Friday by the country's Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy.

Commercial shops and centres are usually allowed to operate nationwide from 7am to 11pm in the summer and from 7am till 10pm in the winter. Also, restaurants are allowed to open from 5am to 1am in the summer and from 5am to 12am in the winter.

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