Every year, Muslims across the globe observe a month of daily fasting during Ramadan.
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar involves abstaining from food, drink, smoking and sex between early morning and sunset.
Fasting – during Ramadan or for other reasons – is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, the others being faith, prayer, charity and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
But 2020 will present an entirely different set of issues, as the coronavirus lockdown remains in place.
Mosques are closed and Muslims are being urged to remain in their own homes, despite the usual tradition for communal meals and prayers.
This is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad and so it’s regarded as a time filled with blessings when worshippers focus their minds and bodies on spirituality rather than on earthly needs and indulgences.
It’s traditional to convey greetings and blessings to those who are about to begin an entire month of fasting.
And once the month of fasting is over, it’s time to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and wish each other Eid Mubarak.