Winnipeg’s Muslim community gets ready for virtual Ramadan during COVID-19 pandemic

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For Muslims around the world, the holiest month of the year starts Friday.

With physical distancing measures in effect due to COVID-19, however, and with mosques across Canada as well as in Winnipeg still closed, this year’s Ramadan prayers are moving to a virtual platform.

“We have launched [a] virtual mosque, and virtual Ramadan is part of that,” said vice-chair of the Manitoba Islamic Association, Tasneem Vali.

“We will be livestreaming on Facebook or we have a YouTube channel. Those are all on our website on our links, and the timing and the schedule.”

While participating in Ramadan, Muslims often time get together to pray at sunset and break their fast, also known as Iftaar.

This year, Iftaar celebrations will have look different as no in-person gatherings are allowed.

The Manitoba Islamic Association, meanwhile, is suggesting other ways people can stay connected.