This Sunday Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Muslim communities in the Miami Valley have had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, with sermons conducted over Zoom and families praying at home instead of at mosques.
In some ways, the pandemic has made Ramadan a bit easier for Chanda Haq’s family in Dayton. Her kids did not have to be in school all day or miss out on track practice because they were fasting. But she felt like something was missing this year.
“It’s really sad that we cannot go to the mosque,” she said. “My kids, they really look forward to it, to the month of Ramadan. We have activites and the community breaks the fast together.”
The Dayton Mercy Society has come up with a solution. On Sunday they will host a drive-thru Eid celebration at their mosque in Miamisburg. Families in decorated cars will drive through to pick up milkshakes, donuts, and halal sliders. Face masks and gloves are required.
More details about the event can be found here.