NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Muslims are celebrating their second Ramadan amid the pandemic.
But this year, they are observing the holy month at a more hopeful time in the ongoing public health crisis.
Last year, mosques closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak as the world struggled to understand the highly contagious, deadly illness. It meant many Muslims prayed and broke their daily fasts at home instead of gathering together to do so in community.
This year, mosques are open for prayers with coronavirus precautions in place and some worshipers have already been vaccinated.
Muslims are still adapting their usual Ramadan traditions as the outbreak continues and this time of prayer and fasting gets underway.
“It’s kind of like 50% going back to normal,” Hardui Adham said.
He volunteered Monday at the Salahadeen Center of Nashville, preparing the mosque for an influx of people. Traditionally, Muslims pray shoulder-to-shoulder, but not this year. Adham stuck social distancing stickers around the prayer hall, reminding everyone to stay six feet apart.