“Right before Ramadan started, my mother passed away. And as you know, our faith tells us that our mother is the most dear to us. And my mother’s death was related to COVID,” shared trailblazing Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison during a virtual National Iftar.
The first Muslim ever elected to serve as his state’s top attorney continued, “So this Ramadan has helped me manage the loss of one of the most important people in my life and my prayers are more earnest, my connection with family has been more dear. ” Joining the Detroit native in the fast-paced celebration were Congresspersons André Carson (D-IN), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), heroes working on the front lines of the pandemic, spiritual leaders, artists, business leaders, and entertainers.
Muslims like Carson, Omar, and Tlaib, who have been fasting all day during the month of Ramadan, break their fast at sundown with a meal known as the Iftar. It’s typically a time shared with family and friends, either at home or at the mosque. However, this year is different.