… when the holiday begins Thursday, one rigorous aspect of the faith will remain intact: fasting for 30 straight days, from dawn till sundown.
“That makes it a monthlong marathon for Muslims,” said Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu, education and outreach director for the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). “It’s a challenging time of year, but one of the most rewarding.”
Tekelioglu hastened to add that, this year, all of the faithful are wondering what the holiday will look like. “Community members are concerned,” he said. “I know it will be drastically different.”