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.