Lehigh Valley Muslim community observes start of Ramadan from home

Written by on April 27, 2020

 Lehigh Valley Muslim community observes start of Ramadan from home

By Brad Klein

April 27, 2020

Muslims in the Lehigh Valley are adapting the rituals of Islam’s holiest month to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Imam Basheer Bilaal, religious director of the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley, says the faithful observed the start of Ramadan on Friday, April 25, from home this year.

“Normally on any other Ramadan, the mosque would be packed to the brim, and there would be basically no space for parking, you know everyone is waiting for the first day of prayer and the first day of fasting, and it was just heartbreaking that we could not do that,” said Bilaal.

There are no large gatherings planned for the lunar month. Instead, officials say the observant will continue to pray at home this year, and fast as usual from sunrise to sunset.


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