Muslims in South Florida and around the world are praying and fasting this month in observation of the holy month of Ramadan.
It’s a time of reflection, charity and unity. That aspect of unity and community that is so central to this season was threatened by the pandemic over the past two years.
Religious services and group dinners became virtual to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
This year things are different. Many Muslims are planning to gather for prayer and group meals, where they can break their fast together.
“This year brought us a lot of hope,” said Imam Azhar Subedar, who is one of the founding members and an adviser to the South Florida Muslim Federation
“To see people come together and the smiles on their faces, especially for the Eid prayer, which is an early morning prayer on the day of celebration where the masses come out and it’s just the colors and people are dressed up… that’s what makes it all worth it.”
Subedar recently wrote an op-ed for the Palm Beach Post about how Ramadan will be different this time around.
Listen to Imam Subedar’s complete conversation with WLRN here.
(This interview originally went on air on WLRN on April 12, 2022.)