When the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order was extended through April, the region’s Muslim community knew their observance of Ramadan would be impacted.
The annual, monthlong holiday, which begins at sundown Thursday, is observed by fasting and includes nightly, frequently communal, meals to break the fast. With people being instructed to stay home, some of the regular rites would be difficult to observe. Yet, Abbas Mohamed, the San Francisco director of Gathering All Muslim Artists (GAMA), saw that as an opportunity.
“With the shelter in place, it makes it a perfect time to go within and use creativity and art as a medium to build spirituality in the holy month,” Mohamed said. “The focus has always been to drive people to the internal aspects of Ramadan, not the external.”