malaymail.com 01 May, 2021 13:45 am

‘It’s not the same’: French Muslims mark Ramadan under Covid-19 lockdown

‘It’s not the same’: French Muslims mark Ramadan under Covid-19 lockdown
AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, May 1 — For the second year in a row, Lalla Aicha Moujahid is marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan under Covid-19 conditions—which means talking to her daughters via video call, instead of breaking the fast together in the same room. “What we miss, what we really miss is...

Muslim family including Aziz El Moujahid, his wife Lalla Aicha El Moujahid and two friends of the family Abdullah and Rabiah break fast at Ramadan during the nationwide curfew from 7pm to 6am, and under restrictions limiting gatherings at houses up to 6 people due to tighter measures against the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Aulnay-sous-Bois May 1, 2021.” For Moujahid and her family, the daily rhythms of Ramadan are the same as every year: dawn-to-dusk fasting, a celebratory “iftar” meal to break the fast after darkness falls, frequent prayers.“When there wasn’t Covid, we break fast with the whole family,” said her husband, business owner Aziz El Moujahid.“What we miss, what we really miss is the mosque, the prayers, the breaking of the fast and all that,” she said yesterday evening.

In France, home to the European Union’s largest Muslim population, the 7pm nationwide curfew in force because of Covid-19 means night-time prayers at the mosque — a mainstay of Ramadan — are impossible.AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, May 1 — For the second year in a row, Lalla Aicha Moujahid is marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan under Covid-19 conditions—which means talking to her daughters via video call, instead of breaking the fast together in the same room.

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