Shakir Hamoodi, an imam, or a person who leads prayer, for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, poses for a portrait on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia. This is where members gather for prayers and reciting the Quran. It is not going to be used traditionally during this year’s Ramadan.
In the evening of April 23, the month of Ramadan started around the world. This important date has the celebration of community, fasting and prayers. This year, regarding the actual condition of COVID-19, is going to be totally different. In Columbia, the Islamic Center of Central Missouri is closed for activities to keep its community safe. Things like iftar, the meal after sunset, or tarawih, a communal prayer only done during Ramadan, are going to be done from their homes and not from the mosque how it is common. Members are already planning Zoom and WhatsApp meetings to get a little feeling of how is enjoying Ramadan with the community.
A tissue box sits over various books on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia. The center has been closed for activities since March 21 until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation.
Sohaila Bakr spreads the dough to make samosas on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Columbia. Due to the COVID-19 situation, it’s the first time Bakr is spending Ramadan alone. Normally she would go to the Islamic Center of Central Missouri to celebrate.
Sohaila Bakr cuts a tomato on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Columbia. Bakr is trying to adapt to the changes for this year’s Ramadan, using Zoom and WhatsApp to meet with her friends for iftar, the meal they have after sunset.
The Islamic Center of Central Missouri one hour before sunset on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia. Ramadan, an important month for fasting and prayers in the Islamic community, started Thursday evening.
Shakir Hamoodi shows where the Islamic Center of Central Missouri members have their meals during Ramadan on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia. They are served behind the mosque, right next to the Islamic School of Columbia-Missouri, where children learn the principles of the religion.