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Black and African Muslims around the world celebrate Eid

Outbreak West Africa Mosques A follower of the Senegalese Mouride brotherhood, an order of Sufi Islam, films with his smartphone as he and others practice social distancing as they attend Muslim Friday prayers at West Africa's largest mosque the Massalikul Jinaan, in Dakar, Senegal. A growing number of mosques are reopening across West Africa even as confirmed coronavirus cases soar, as governments find it increasingly difficult to keep them closed during the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Covid-19 has changed the way that Muslims around the world are celebrating this weekend with the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and prayer.

This weekend is Eid al-Fitr, a festival that means the breaking of fast, normally a time of celebrations and going to the Mosque.

Eid Mubarak
Ilhan Omar

Most countries have now either cancelled or altered plans for their festivities, however, many have opted to taking their celebration into the virtual world. With smaller, more intimate at home celebrations and a planned online greeting of “Eid Mubarek” (have a blessed holiday) trending on social media the spirit of the holiday lives strong.

Nigerians use their own greeting of “Barka da Sallah”, from the Nigerian language called Hausa.

In the United States, there are many black Muslims, including Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in US Congress. There are an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, with many from African countries.