As Ramadan Begins, Muslims Keep Traditions Alive With Technology
Ramadan begins tonight, but with social distancing guidelines in place, Muslims around the world are making some adjustments to how they observe it. One North Texas Muslim leader is keeping certain spiritual traditions alive.
Khalid Kark, vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas Chapter, says it’s been a longstanding tradition to hold interfaith events every year during Ramadan. This year, a public health emergency means they have to rely on technology.
"We’ve had community members, police officers, other church leaders, Jewish leaders and we will continue to send out those invitations," Kark said. "And we’ve also said our mosque is a community — it’s not for us only. So if we can’t do it physically, we’ll do it virtually."
Kark says he's been using Zoom to communicate with members since they can’t gather inside their mosque in Allen. They've been collecting food and other essential supplies to deliver to people who are running out.
Even though they can’t congregate in person, they can still practice other rituals, like prayer. In fact, Kark says, this is the perfect time to double down on prayer, especially for those who are sick.