For more on this topic, see Faith in the Time of Coronavirus

Introduction

On Friday, March 12, 2020, religious leaders and board members at masjids across the country made the excruciating decision to suspend the Friday (Jumuʿah) prayer due to the spread of COVID-19. This decision was not taken lightly but, after consultation with scholars and medical professionals, it was seen as absolutely necessary. The community had to face the reality that there would be no Jumuʿah prayer for some time. Now, nearly six weeks after the decision, Jumuʿah prayer continues to be suspended at the masjid, in addition to daily prayers, weekend schools, and Friday night programs. Additionally, there is no hanging out, drinking tea together, or youth activities. Essentially, the masjids are closed as we enter into Ramadan. Given that almost half of the Muslims in the US attend the masjid at least once a week (43%),[1] these closures have left many feeling sad and some in a state of despair. Many are wondering how communities will survive this difficult time, and it seems people have more questions than answers.

Sadness at masjid closure: A sign of īmān

Channeling energy to other outlets

What about Ramadan?

The Prophet’s Ramadan

Recommended activities for this Ramadan

Livestreaming this Ramadan: A note of caution

The end result: What truly matters

Notes