Imam Mufti Mohammed Ismail, center, and volunteer Mohammad Q Ullah, left, delivers a box of food supplies.
For Muslims in the United States, there is no other time more centered around gathering in congregation than the holy month of Ramadan.
In every corner of the country, believers attend community iftar meals to break the fast and then pack neatly into tight rows for nightly prayers at the mosque.
But this year, Ramadan falls during a global pandemic. In the U.S., with the world’s highest COVID-19 death toll, that means being forced to mark the month in different, more virtual and sometimes solitary ways.
As they re-imagine some of the spiritual and social rituals, many are relying on a mix of at-home worship and a myriad of online religious programming.
HOUSTON: RICARDO RAMIREZ, 28
Ricardo Ramirez became a Muslim before a crowd of believers.
As soon as he uttered the shahada, the Islamic testimony of faith, the faithful broke into chants of "Allahu Akbar.” He was told that day that "all of these brothers and sisters are your brothers and sisters.”
Since then, he says, the community has been there for him. But Ramirez is experiencing a milestone in his faith journey - his first Ramadan as a Muslim - as the virus disrupts worship and mosques close.
NEW YORK CITY: IMAM MUFTI MOHAMMED ISMAIL, 38
The An-Noor Cultural Center and masjid, or mosque, is located blocks from Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, where patients have been dying from COVID-19 at an alarming rate.
Imam Mufti Mohammed Ismail is the principal of the religious school at An-Noor.
A prayer of "protection from diseases” is printed in Arabic and English on a paper posted to the mosque wall, and Ismail says the Bangladeshi community has lost "close to 150 people” to COVID-19 across New York City.
As deaths rise, Imam Ismail is trying to serve community members suffering in other ways. With mosques shuttered as the city reels, volunteers from An-Noor Cultural Center are preparing food boxes for those who would have relied on the center for iftar every evening.
WHEELING, ILLINOIS: SHAHEEN KHAN, 54
Over the last six weeks, Shaheen Khan has gotten more comfortable sitting in front of the camera and conducting online Islamic lessons.
The 54-year-old mother of four teaches at the Hadi School, a Montessori Islamic school in Schaumburg, Illinois, that provides Islamic teachings .
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Khan arrived in the U.S. from India in 1990 and has been teaching ever since. But in 30 years, she’s never had to face the challenge of connecting with her students remotely day after day.
Of the time at home, she says this: "Maybe this is Allah’s way of resetting a button for us.”
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