What Effect Will COVID-19 Crisis Have on the Holy Month of Ramadan?

As  1.6 billion Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, which begins next week (Thursday evening April 23 – May 23* ), many are wondering how the  coronavirus will effect the month-long observance marked by personal introspection, prayer and fasting

Observing the  call for social distancing is already taking place  locally.

“ We have been conducting Friday Jumah  (prayer) services on Facebook live  from the mosque  for the past three weeks,” noted  Iman Fajri Ansari of Masjid Nu’man in Buffalo.  It can be viewed at masjidnuman.org  

At the end of the   30-day fast   is Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), when there is much feasting and celebration.

“I can’t see us congregating by the end of May”  he told The Challenger. “ We will probably conduct Eid Prayers the same way for the end of Ramadan (Facebook Live) . It’s definitely a different experience ,” he shared. The bright spot, he added, is that they have able to reconnect with a lot of families, former Buffalonians and friends around the country.

(*Dates may vary as the month of Ramadan lasts 29-30 days depending on the sightings of the crescent moon.)