This Ramadan was supposed to be a special one for Ameen Dalal. The 12-year-old’s parents finally planned to let him fast for the full 29 days, instead of a week or two at a time. Their decision to include him in the fast, which most children don’t begin until they have hit puberty, would bring him a step closer to adulthood.
Then mosques began to close in Forida, United States, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ameen – along with millions of Muslims across the globe – soon realised that celebrating the month-long holiday that commemorates Allah revealing the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad would take a different tone.