For Muslims, Ramadan is the sacred month of fasting, spiritual devotion, charity and community activity. But with the arrival of Covid-19, Ramadan looks very different this year. For the very first time, many of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims are spending the month in lockdown.
In this special edition of Things Unseen, journalist Remona Aly is joined by Islam scholar Abdal Hakim Murad, also known as Dr Tim Winter, from the University of Cambridge. He reflects on how to make the most of Ramadan during the Covid-19 pandemic and how to address the challenges of having to abandon traditional community rituals and customs.
Could this lockdown, with all its limitations, also be an opportunity for Muslims to engage with one another and their faith more deeply? And with so many Muslim doctors and nurses on the NHS front line in the fight against coronavirus, could this time even mark a new chapter in how British Muslims are seen in society more widely?