Saudi Arabia joins a convoy of countries that announced Tuesday the first day of Ramadan

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But the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted many Muslim-majority countries to impose restrictions on worshipers, including a night-time curfew and requiring residents to perform prayers at home.

“The month of Ramadan comes upon us and the world suffers from the Corona pandemic,” Saudi King Salman said in a statement broadcast on state television.

“We hope that everyone will adhere to the preventive measures and initiate vaccinations,” he added.

The Kingdom has witnessed a rise in Corona virus infections in recent weeks. Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 390,000 cases of the virus since its beginning, including more than 6,700 deaths, which is the highest number in the Gulf region.

The kingdom, which has a population of about 34 million, has provided more than five million vaccines so far.

In Jordan, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom, Sheikh Abdul Karim Al-Khasawneh, declared that “Tuesday is the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan,” according to the official Al-Mamlaka Channel.

The beginning of the Ramadan fast is determined through lunar astronomical calculations and visual insights.





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