Divided by COVID-19, the Bay Area Muslim community rallies together for Ramadan

Usually, Ramadan is a busy month for Asma Ali, who normally spends every weekend with friends and family for fast breaking, or iftar, over plates of roasted dates in ghee, platters of fruit and Indian snacks, curries and desserts. This year, however, things are different.

“It’s been very solemn,” says the Redwood City resident. With the current shelter-in-place order, the communal aspect of iftar seems lost.


Yet more than 90 families now sit at her family’s extended...