After a year of COVID-related isolation, Muslim community thankful for drive-thru dinner to break Ramadan fast

Jonathan M. Pitts, The Baltimore Sun on

Published in Religious News

The Ellicott City mother of four and her fellow volunteer, Wasima Sheikh, a retired grandmother who lives nearby, say they haven’t seen each other in over a year.

“It’s amazing to see these wonderful faces again — all without using Zoom,” Mohammed says.

Back in the line, Ameir Abdeldayem and his family wait in a red SUV. The Calverton resident noticed dozens of cars lined up Tuesday for the meals and decided to come Wednesday and pick up four.

His family has donated 100 bags of food to the needy in Egypt, Abdeldayem’s ancestral home.

“Muslims believe good deeds are multiplied by seven times this month,” he says.

A few cars behind him waits Kenny Majinnasola, a Nigeria-born social worker and longtime member of the mosque who planned to take four meals to his family. He is seeking in Ramadan to understand the plight of those who are less fortunate, and vowed take on more hours this month volunteering with at-risk youth in Baltimore.


Normally, Majinnasola says, he’d enjoy iftar inside the mosque with relatives and friends, but he’s grateful for the chance to stop by.

“Things still feel different because of COVID, but people are glad to see each other,” he says.

To Sheikh, the volunteer, it’s all proof enough of the holiness of Ramadan.

She has been praying for the mosque community to be able to get together again this holiday, she says. Even though things didn’t happen exactly the way she’d envisioned them, the results are, by definition, just the right kind of blessing.

“Prayers are always answered,” she says. “All you have to do is trust.”

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