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DMS Youth Coordinator Mehreen Raja stands in front of the doughnut and tea stand at the Dayton Mercy Society's drive-through Eid celebration.
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This weekend, Muslims across the globe celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Because of the coronavirus, communities in the Miami Valley were not able to gather, hug, or eat together as usual. But the youth group at the Dayton Mercy Society (DMS) in Miamisburg dreamed up a drive-through Eid celebration.

The entrance of the Dayton Mercy Society building in Miamisburg. On Sunday the mosque will host a drive-through Eid celebration.
Dayton Mercy Society

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.

Al-Rahman Mosque in Dayton
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Miami Valley Islamic leaders are calling a recent act of vandalism at a Dayton mosque a hate crime, and they’re asking local and federal officials to investigate it as such. 

A white man was captured on video throwing rocks through windows at the Al-Rahman Mosque last Thursday. Officials say the man circled the mosque several times and pointed a gun at surveillance cameras. The incident occurred around 6 a.m., a traditional Muslim prayer time.

Elizabeth Arrott.

The events of the "Arab Spring" took the world by surprise. Yet, the roots of those rebellions run deep and nowhere more so than in Syria, where the fighting continues to be fierce and deadly. This month, Fred H. Lawson traces the history of one leading force in the ongoing Syrian uprising: the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. The Brothers led a violent campaign to overthrow the Syrian regime in the 1970s, but more recently have advanced a platform that calls for liberal reform and constitutional government.