Since I immigrated to the US three years ago, all of my attempts
to feel at home have been unsuccessful. Though I am not someone who is particularly
religious, the annual holiday of Ramadan has helped me to feel close to home.
The month of gatherings and festivities has provided me with a sense of home
and family that I normally have trouble feeling in this country.
This year, as in much of the world, we were in lockdown because of
the COVID-19 pandemic. We were unable to gather, have group Iftar at mosques, or participate in Taraweeh (night) prayer.
By documenting this historic time, during which
I attempted to feel a sense of home, I pondered the ways that the Muslim
community has adapted its celebrations during Ramadan under lockdown.