Faith in the time of quarantine

Congregational engagement and a feeling of community is one of the cornerstones of religion. It is also among the first casualties of COVID-19.

On the evening of 30 Ramzan, the last day of the Islam’s holiest month of fasting, Ahmed Raza Khan is sitting at home, looking out of his balcony at the stillness of Delhi, his home for over 20 years. Traditionally, this is the evening of celebrations. Streets are packed to the brim with last-minute shoppers, hawkers and people coming home to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, one of Islam’s biggest festivals. Markets are open overnight, with salons to jewellery shops working overtime to meet demand. Homes are decorated, guest lists updated and final touches are given to the menu for the next day. …


Pradip K. Saha

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