The New Normal: Separated during Ramadan, united in celebration

With gatherings limited, Farhiya Mohamed and her organization brought meals, supplies and joy to people’s homes during the holiday.

As COVID-19 impacts the Seattle-area Muslim community, Farhiya Mohamed of the Somali Family Safety Task Force finds ways to spread joy and help others celebrate during their time of need in the holiest month.

Farhiya Mohamed usually spends Ramadan at her sister’s house. When the sun sets, rice dishes and dates cover the table and upwards of 50 guests crowd together. But this year is different. In the middle of a pandemic, Mohamed and other families are struggling to stay connected while they must stay apart. As the executive director of the Somali Family Safety Task Force, Mohamed is finding ways to spread joy and help others celebrate during their time of need in the holiest month.

 


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