For Muslims in New York, Observing Ramadan is a Blend of Rituals Far and Near

In The New York Times, Kiran Nazish reports on the observance of Ramadan by New York City’s estimated 600,000 to one million Muslims. During Ramadan, which runs from June 28 to July 28 this year, observant Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. In many Middle Eastern countries, offices and schools close around midday and the prayers and post-sunset meals are often communal, an atmosphere is missing in New York. “Everyone back home fasts and huddles together to the mosques, praying together. Yes, I miss that,” Mohab Sewilam, a Muslim lunch cart owner in New York, said. But, he added, “I now have a little home here in New York that I can enjoy with my community.”

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