Tuesday evening marks the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time for Muslims worldwide to renew their focus on spiritual life and apply it to their daily lives.
In light of COVID, this is the second year in which Muslims will celebrate the event virtually.This is the second time the holy Muslim celebration of Ramadan is being celebrated virtually across the country.
Virtual Ramadan is a national campaign that allows Canadians to participate in Ramadan with fellow Muslims virtually and anyone can participate.
Maqbool Sheikh, the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, says this campaign is an interactive and creative way for individuals across the country to experience Ramadan.
"This provides an opportunity to Canadians to participate in Ramadan with their fellow Muslims Canadians. Some people can also fast for a day. They will have the opportunity to ask questions as well. Our local Imams will speak about the general information for the people that may or may not know much about Ramadan and Islam."
Fauzia Mazhar, Executive Director of the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW, says the holy month is still very different when celebrating virtually.
"This is a different way of practicing; you can hear and see the sermons, but there is not much of the real prayer or worshipping that happens when doing it virtually."
Mazhar adds family and community are very pivotal during this time. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has stopped that face-to-face interaction.
She encourages that right now, this is how we have to live, but soon the pandemic will be over. The Muslim community can continue having family and community interactions during this auspicious month.
Sheikh adds its virtual programs are one hour in length and folks can do this in the comfort of their own home.
Ramadan is set to begin Tuesday evening and last until May 12.