Washington’s Muslim community begins a Ramadan like no other

The Washington Post logoMosque communities host Kahoot! games to test religious knowledge during Ramadan.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins this year in the midst of a pandemic. Around the world, Muslims will not be able to observe the holiday as they normally do — with 30 nights of communal prayer and post-sunset feasting. Instead, they’ll spend the long days of fasting mostly in their own homes.

And yet Washington Imam Talib Shareef has a surprising prediction: “For some people, it’s going to be their best Ramadan ever.”
Falls Church’s Dar al-Hijrah will live-stream certain prayers to congregants at home and host nightly activities such as classes and Koran readings. Every weekend, congregants will participate in an online cooking competition — the voting will be based on how good food looks in a Facebook photo — and game-show-style tests of religious knowledge on the school quiz platform Kahoot.

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