Resumption of prayers at Islam's third-holiest site caps a sombre period for Jerusalem's Muslims, who this year marked the holy fasting month of Ramadan and Eid al Fitr holiday without the usual daily visits to Al Aqsa due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Larger shops and those in major German cities will open later as part of an attempted phased return to a more normal existence that will also see some students go back to school from May 4.
The Covid-19 pandemic has generated new levels of anxiety ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan, which begins this week, in which congregational worship plays a significant role.
This year the fasting month will coincide with the coronavirus pandemic, which has disrupted normal life for the vast majority of the world.
The Islamic holy month is just weeks away and many believers are preparing to put traditions on hold due to social distancing and life under lockdown.
The journey of a 60-year-old Turk who mastered the art of adorning mosques with glittering messages in the holy month of Ramadan.
Millions more, however, in India, Pakistan, and Iran, will likely be marking the start of the lunar month on Tuesday based on moon sightings there.
This year’s Ramadan will start on or around the evening of May 6 and will be observed by hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide.
Prosecutors say Darren Osborne, a man who drove a van at a group of Muslims attending Ramadan prayers at a local mosque in London last year killing one person and wounding nine others, was "obsessed" with Muslims.
Eid al-Fitr celebrations mark the end of the Islamic Holy month of Ramdan which involves not eating or drinking from just before dawn till dusk.
Fasting is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. The other four include the testimony of faith, prayer, giving charity to the needy and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
The South American country has the largest Muslim population in the continent.
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