Islam’s sacred sites are empty during Ramadan

A picture taken on April 24, 2020, shows Saudi men performing prayers next to the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers due to the coronavirus pandemic. (STR / AFP)
An illuminated Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India Image Credit: AFP
A volunteer from the Violet organisation disinfects a mosque in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib Image Credit: AFP
A man reads the holy Quran at the courtyard of the Jami mosque in Herat Image Credit: AFP
Aerial view of a deserted mosque in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India Image Credit: ANI
A devotee attends a prayer on the first day of Ramadan, at the Jame Mosque in Kathmandu, Nepal Image Credit: AFP
The New Mosque, on Eminonu Square Istanbul, Turkey Image Credit: AFP
Devotees wearing facemasks pray as they maintain social distance at Shahi Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad, India Image Credit: AFP
A picture shows Saudi policemen standing guard next to the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Image Credit: AFP
An aerial view of the Suleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey Image Credit: AFP
Paramilitary personnel stand guard outside a closed mosque in Guwahati, Assam, India Image Credit: ANI
People walk past a closed mosque in Khartoum, Sudan Image Credit: AFP
The Sultanahmet mosque, known as the Blue mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey Image Credit: AFP
A man walks outside the entrance of the Red Mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka Image Credit: AFP
Two men stand at a deserted Jamia Mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan Image Credit: AFP
For the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, the month of Ramadan is a social and spiritual high point of the year, a time to gather with friends and family and to focus on fasting, prayer and scripture, but the coronavirus pandemic is transforming this Ramadan in unprecedented ways in societies across the globe, clearing out mosques, cancelling communal prayers and forcing families to replace physical gatherings with virtual meet-ups. | Above: The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey/AFP
A view of the deserted mosque in Kolkata, India Image Credit: ANI
A view from outside the closed Imamzadeh Saleh mosque in the Iranian capital Tehran’s Shemiran district Image Credit: AFP

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