How Coronavirus Has Changed Iftar For Muslims
For many Muslims, this has been the strangest Ramadan ever.
There have been no big iftar meals with friends to break the daily fast. No gatherings at mosques or community centers. No trips to see family members who live far away. And as the holy month of prayer, reflection and fasting comes to a close, there won't be any big Eid al-Fitr celebrations.
But there has been a silver lining to all the social distancing. With less focus on food and socializing, many Muslims say they have found a profound sense of spiritual renewal amid the quarantine.
"For me, Ramadan has always been a time where you take a step back from your usual life," says Tia Faisal, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga. "It's actually like a spiritual lockdown, even without the pandemic. So in a way, this feels almost like a spiritual lockdown within a physical lockdown."