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KUCHING: From cancelled iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the nation are bracing for a bleak Ramadan.

Usually during the holy fasting month, many Muslims will spend more time at mosques or attend daily breaking of fast events with families and friends.

But this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order (MCO), congregational worship is prohibited in mosques. There will be no Ramadan bazaars too.

Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi yesterday urged Muslims to stay positive while observing the holy month.

“I wish all Muslims in Sarawak a blessed Ramadan,” he said, adding that this year’s Ramadan would be very different because of the Covid-19 crisis.

“Let us all strive to fast and perform obligatory prayers with our family members.

“Ramadan is a time for prayer, introspection and charity. So, fill our leisure time by reading and understanding the Quran, reading religious books and doing good deeds.

“May Allah bless our practices and worship, and protect us from any harm,” added the assistant minister.

Muslims will welcome the first day of Ramadan either on April 24 or 25, depending on the sighting of the moon.

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