Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions

BAHTIM, Egypt (AP) — Ramadan begins with the new moon later this week and Muslims around the world are trying to maintain the many cherished rituals of Islam’s holiest month without further spreading the outbreak. Families will have to maneuver around curfews for gatherings for the daily sunset meal breaking the fast. Travel restrictions mean many won’t see their loved ones during the holy month. Charities have to turn to other means to help the poor after free communal meals have been barred. The faithful can’t pray together through the night at the mosque. Still, as one Pakistani worshiper says, “Praying is praying. God isn’t only in the mosque.”