For Ramadan, Muslims Look For Creative Ways to Commune During COVID-19

The annual Islamic month of Ramadan starts this week. One writer put together a list of ways to celebrate while social distancing.

Ramadan, the annual holy month of prayer and fasting for Muslims, begins this week. 

Nargis Rahman, a freelance writer for Haute Hijab, says it will be an unusual holiday season due to the pandemic.

“In our faith, there’s a concept of being grateful in tests and trials. Be grateful whatever your circumstance is.” 

“Traditionally, Ramadan is a time when everyone is going to the mosque, even if they usually don’t. It’s a big social time for Muslims,” Rahman says. “The kids are definitely bummed out, because they’re not going to see their family members.”

Rahman compiled a list of activities for Muslim families to do at home during Ramadan. It includes virtual iftars, the meal at sundown Muslims consume to break the daily fast and family prayers at home to replace the communal aspect of going to the mosque. 

“It helps [the kids] understand that it’s important,” Rahman says, adding that school closures mean kids can fully immerse in Ramadan because they’re home all day. “This year, they’ll have a lot more time to soak up Ramadan as it is.” 

Click on the player above to hear Haute Hijab’s Nargis Rahman on how Ramadan will be different this year. 

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.