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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.

Harrison Hall at Miami University.
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Some Miami Valley college officials say they’re working to support international students affected by the Trump administration travel ban, advising them to evaluate their study plans before the fall semester begins.

The Supreme Court recently upheld by a 5-4 vote the ban for residents from seven countries, most with Muslim majorities.  

Wright State university
Jess Mador / WYSO

Hundreds of college students from countries included in the Trump administration’s updated travel ban are facing uncertainty over their residency in the Miami Valley. The latest version of the travel ban is set to take effect October 18.

Under the executive order, existing international students from the eight mostly Muslim-majority countries with current, valid travel documents will be allowed to remain in the United States.

April Laissle

More than 150 people attended an open house at the a Bellbrook Mosque over the weekend.

The event, hosted by the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, was organized as part of an effort to increase dialogue and understanding among people of different faith traditions in the Miami Valley.

Shaad Ahmed
Jerry Kenney

Earlier this month three Muslim-American students were found dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina—and a local Dayton resident says he knew them well.

Deah Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19 were shot and killed over a reported parking dispute. Their neighbor, 46 year old Craig Hicks, turned himself in several hours after the crime. He was indicted by a grand jury last week.