Muslims Suffering from Coronavirus
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday April 8, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
The month of Ramadan starts on or around April 23. (The dating of Ramadan will be the subject of another entry.)
Ramadan is a month long fast during which Muslims fast during the day and break fast with friends and family and night.
That break fast is called Iftar.
In addition to massive family gatherings, most communities host public Iftar for the general public - especially the poor.
Egypt has just announced the cancellation of Iftar celebrations. They are asking that Muslims break fast in private and do not engage in large celebrations.
Under normal circumstances the fast ends with prayers in Mosques. People return home with friends and extended family. This Ramadan, that must not happen.
The last ten days of month of Ramadan taken on even more intensity. They are called Itikaf. Muslims spend more time in Mosque, repenting and the final fast days have even more significance.
Egypt and hopefully, other leaders in the Arab and Muslim world, will step up and enforce social distancing—not permitting either Iftar or Itkaf.
We are monitoring Muslim leadership. Hopefully, they will react with a strong united voice, standing up against this silent mass murderer named COVID-19.
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