Muslims are celebrating their second Ramadan during the global COVID-19 pandemic, restricting the ability to break the fast and pray together. Annenberg Media spoke with Soraya Ahyaudin, director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, about the importance about continuing to be cautious about gatherings.
“Last year, community gatherings were completely eliminated, but this year because of how the vaccines have been rolling out, people are starting to get excited about wanting to be in community meetings, having nightly prayers and parties together. But it’s also a time to remember that we should not be complacent because the virus is mutating… We have to do our responsibility to the preservation of life, which is paramount in Islam. …
“Just remember, Muslims around the world have faced natural disasters, wars, huge displacement, and they’ve lasted much longer than a year. We want to get back to a sense of normalcy, but Ramadan is about patience and persistence – we can wait a little longer for the greater good.”
The article also pointed to AMCLI’s Healing Heartwork toolkit, which provides directions for self-care to those struggling with challenges of the past year.