Mostafa Bassim

Ramadan Like No Other

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.