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1.8 Billion Muslims Prepare For Ramadan Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Shuttered Mosques

Across the Islamic world, Muslims are preparing for Ramadan. The holy fasting month begins on around Thursday. But Reuters reports Muslims are having to deal with a supremely inconvenient fact about the novel coronavirus pandemic. Namely, enforced social distancing at a time when socializing is almost sacred. The spirit of Ramadan is one of family and togetherness – community, reflection, charity and prayer. But with shuttered mosques, coronavirus curfews and bans on mass prayers, some 1.8 billion Muslims are facing a Ramadan like never before.