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A Day in the Life of an Imam

Published on 14 January 2021 at 07:35

This is a story of a Muslim community in Brooklyn that was ensuring the Muslim funeral rites were performed – washing, shrouding, prayer and burial during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

During the height of the pandemic, Imam Ahmed Ali worked tirelessly burying the dead. It started with a call from a father, begging someone to help wash his son’s body, “because nobody was washing bodies.” Ali replied, “ok, I will do it, don’t worry.” Ali arrived, “the father came, he helped, he was crying. It was very emotional.” The next call was from the funeral home, two miles away. An eighteen-year-old boy with his mom and his two young sisters...

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