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In US, a virus-era Ramadan presents obstacles, opportunities

1 year 2 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, May 02 2020 May 2, 2020 May 02, 2020 8:55 AM May 02, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By BY NOREEN NASIR, MARIAM FAM and AROUN DEEN
Associated Press

20 - 29 April 2020 (AP) - 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. On weekends, especially, some may linger longer as they catch up and share in the pre-dawn suhoor meal. 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.

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