1st June 2020

In_pictures Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Africa – amid coronavirus

In_pictures Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Africa – amid coronavirus

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Muslims across Africa – and the world – are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

in_pictures Muslim faithful embrace before performing the Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, outside a mosque closed amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nairobi, Kenya, May 24, 2020.Image copyright
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These Muslims embraced outside a mosque in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi…

in_pictures Muslim faithful perform Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a courtyard within their home as mosques remain closed amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nairobi, Kenya, May 24, 2020.Image copyright
Reuters

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All places of worship are officially closed in Kenya to prevent the spread of coronavirus, so these men prayed in a courtyard outside their house instead…

in_pictures Muslim faithful observe social distancing as they perform Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, inside a mosque closed amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nairobi, Kenya, May 24, 2020.Image copyright
Reuters

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These men did manage to find a way of praying inside a mosque in Nairobi but at least they were keeping their distance.

in_pictures Worshippers in the Gaddafi mosque in Tanzania's capital Dodoma

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In neighbouring Tanzania, mosques and other places of worship remain open. Sunday is also the culmination of three days of thanksgiving declared by President John Magufuli because of what he says is a decline in cases of coronavirus, even though his government has stopped releasing figures…

in_pictures Tanzania's Prime Minister Kaasim Majaaliwa being greeted outside the mosque

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Tanzanian Prime Minister Kaasim Majaaliwa (right) was maintaining a social distance as he arrived at Gaddafi mosque in the capital Dodoma. In his speech, he urged the faithful to continue taking precautions, while worshippers did not shake hands as they normally do at Eid.

in_pictures Children are seen on a motorbike after Muslims in Nigeria perform Eid prayer following the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nasarawa May 24, 2020.Image copyright
Reuters

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Eid, known in Nigeria as Sallah, is a time when children often get new clothes, which they wear to the mosque. This stylish family was pictured sitting on a motorbike after prayers…

in_pictures A boy performs the ritual ablutions before praying at a mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at a mosque in Kara Ibafo in Ogun State, on May 24, 2020.Image copyright
AFP

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Before praying, Muslims must perform ritual ablutions, as this boy is doing outside a mosque in Kara Ibafo in Ogun state…

in_pictures Muslims in Nigeria perform Eid prayer after the lockdown following the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nasarawa, Nigeria May 24, 2020.Image copyright
Reuters

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Muslims in Nigeria were also urged to celebrate Eid at home but people still gathered to perform their prayers as usual outside this mosque in Nasarawa state…

in_pictures Worshippers gather to perform a prayer to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Kara Ibafo in Ogun State, on May 24, 2020.Image copyright
AFP

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While these Muslims in Ogun state managed to find somewhere to keep their distance…

in_pictures Worshippers gather to perform a prayer to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Kara Ibafo in Ogun State, on May 24, 2020.Image copyright
Reuters

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It is generally the men who gather to pray outside but this group of women and children also took part in Ogun state.

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