Ramadan at home

A man standing on a roof stands in front of a microphone
Ahmed Jamal, a longtime member of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, gives the adhan, or traditional Muslim call to prayer, from the building’s roof in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on April 23, 2020. This was the first time a call to prayer was given publicly in Minneapolis. The mosque got city permission and borrowed sound equipment from First Avenue.
Matt Sepic | MPR News

The monthlong observance of Ramadan began April 23. To maintain social distancing, Muslims have been forced to change the way they observe the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. People are not able to gather in mosques as usual and in one neighborhood the call to prayer is heard over a loudspeaker. A leader of Minnesota’s Muslim community says it has been difficult, especially for older people who look forward to the social gatherings that are such a big part of the Ramadan traditions.

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Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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