Observing Ramadan In a Pandemic
This weekend, the holy month of Ramadan will come to an end. It will have been 30 days of fasting from sunrise until sunset for many muslims here in Illinois and around the world.
Ramadan is about more than just fasting for those of the Islamic faith. Every year, mosques and muslim communities around the world raise hundreds of millions of dollars for charity.
This year, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, that charity has taken different forms. So too will the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which traditionally marks the end of the month of Ramadan with celebrations with family and friends and prayer at the mosque.
Imam Hasan Aly of the Mecca Center, Willowbrook
Imam Ousmane Sawadogo of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center, Urbana