Imam Walid Mehsas was leading Taraweeh, a nightly prayer that is said every night throughout Ramadan, in Bordj Bou Arreridj, Algeria, when the cat jumped onto his chest.
A curious cat leapt onto an imam’s shoulders while he was leading Ramadan prayers on a online broadcast.
Imam Walid Mehsas was leading Taraweeh, a nightly prayer that is said every night throughout the holy month of Ramadan, in Bordj Bou Arreridj, Algeria, when the cat hopped onto his chest and climbed its method up to perch on the imam’s shoulders.
In the video clip, shared by the BBC and various other news agencies, the imam barely responds to the animal’s antics, and continues to chant the prayer– but Mehsas does kindly connect to pet the feline.
Sometimes, the grey, brownish, and white cat was relatively camouflaged by the imam’s similarly colored gray-striped clothing.
Towards the end of the video, before the imam kneels on the ground, the affectionate cat provides his brand-new friend a nuzzle as Mehsas finishes the first part of the prayer.
Identified as the ninth month of the Islamic schedule and a holy month of fasting, Ramadan is a religious holiday that notes when Muhammad received the initial revelations that would certainly come to be the Quran.
Reading the Quran, Islam’s holy book, is among the rituals practiced throughout the 29 to thirty days– but the most significant practice synonymous with Ramadan is fasting.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars that comprise the core of Islam, along with the profession of belief (Shahada), prayer five times a day (Salat), providing alms to charity (Zakat), and pilgrimage to the Mecca (Hajj), according to BBC.
In correspondence with the opening night of the crescent moon, this year, Ramadan began at sundown on March 22 and will certainly last via April 20.
The religious holiday starts 10 to 12 days earlier each year because the Muslim calendar is shorter than the modern-day Gregorian schedule.