The coronavirus epidemic was prayed in church and enjoyed outside the table with loved ones and many feel lonely during this holy month.
And now that Ramadan is over, in Da-ul-Fitr, one of the most important Islamic holidays, the holiday will be just as urgent as the previous month.
Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan on a three-day holiday, celebrating “Da-ul-Fitr” or “breaking the fast” in Arabic, the weekly holiday of this year’s Memorial Day, May 24 to 26.
If it’s any other year, it will be a time of boundless excitement and celebration to get past a difficult month. It will be a three-day feast of gifts and food. To visit the house of a loved one. Those who are lucky are less fortunate.
But this year is different.
This is the year when the world closes unexpectedly and one of the happiest times of the Muslim calendar has an accident.
Eid al-Fitr at the center of US Covid-19: Prayers and plans canceled
New York, the epicenter of the virus in the United States, will be particularly isolated this year.
Mazhar Ladji, a product manager who moved to New York from India four years ago, waited for the morning prayers on the first day of Eid in Washington Square Park with the Islamic Center at New York University. However, the annual prayer was canceled this year because of Kovid-19.
“We felt that the people celebrating in Washington Square were dressed in our best clothes and greeted each other after prayers,” he said, adding that he had joined his comrades in the post-prayer service. “There will be no prayers, brunch and hugs.”
This year, a zoom call will replace the congregation’s external prayers for Ladji.
Ladji of New York is not the only Muslim who had to change his plans.
At this time of year, Sarah Moawad usually packed bags to go to Massachusetts to spend Eid with her family. This year, Moababad is staying with her roommate in her apartment in Harlem, where she is also a Muslim.
“My roommate and I are still trying smart ways to get excited about make this year,” Moawad said. “Maybe we could have some picnic on the roof or in the park,” Moababad said.
Nawal Elidrisi, a small food business accountant who lives alone in Queens, plans to spend Ramadan as he did: alone.
“It’s better to be safe than sad,” said Elidirici, who lives 10 minutes away from her elderly parents but doesn’t see them for fear of spreading the virus.
York de-Al-Fitr is usually a very exciting time for the Elderice, who has a large extended family in New York City.
“Every year we go to decorate the Nines and see all our families in Brooklyn and Queens. Then my cousin and I go out for a night of dancing,” said Elidrisi. “This year, I’ll probably do my family’s facetime.”
Celebrating Eid while fighting the virus
For Mohamed Madbley, things are a bit more complicated this year.
Mohammed Madboli, who is separated from his parents, aunt and cousin at his home in Queens, could not normally spend time on Long Island with his three nieces. Both he and his parents tested positive for the coronavirus, which meant that the only option was to see his facial nieces on FaceTime this year.
“When I first saw my youngest niece crawling on FaceTime, it really got to me,” said her eight-month-old niece, Nellie. “When he was really only 10 minutes away we felt like we were in different countries.”
Madbolly and her family are still hoping to spend Eid in their backyard on Long Island, as they do every year. To do this safely, Madabali and her family members took the Covid-19 test separately, hoping that they would return negatively during the holidays.
We’re praying that all five of us will test negative, “Madbole said.” It would be a good time to visit and celebrate the rest of the family because we could not sit together for Iftar this Ramadan. “
Preparing for the worst
For many Muslims, this year Eid Dul Fitr is a painful memory of happy times.
Attitudes are everything, even in seemingly pleasant times.
“Yes, this is not the best situation, but we have to be grateful,” Elidrisi said. “We’re still alive, okay? At least we have it.”
“It’s sad, but the crisis demands that we act responsibly … and hope for a better day,” Ladzi said.