Tunisia: Ramadan to start tomorrow, Mufti

No observation of new moon due to coronavirus

23 April, 14:35

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, APRIL 23 - Friday will be the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Tunisia, marking the first day of Ramadan of year 1441 of the Hegira, said the Mufti of the Republic, Othman Battikh. He added that this year, due to the coronavirus emergency that has led to measures banning social gatherings, it will not be possible to carry out the traditional observation of the crescent moon. The start of the holy month, explained Battikh, was therefore based on scientific data from the National meteorological institute.

    The Mufti has also urged Tunisians to abide by social distancing measures and urged people whose health is at risk not to fast. Battikh moreover explained that the prayer of Tarawi is not an obligation, urging people to stay at home. Tunisian authorities, in agreement with the ministry for religious affairs, have in fact closed mosques for over a month to avoid the spread of the virus.(ANSAmed).

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