Major mosques will remain closed during Ramadan

A coalition of the state’s largest mosques will remain closed during Ramadan, which is the holiest month for Muslims.

The agreement was between the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) , the Islamic Circle of North America, Muslims of the United States of America, and Majlis Ash-Shura .

Gov. Brian Kemp has taken steps to reopen businesses in Georgia that could begin as early as Friday,  if they can meet certain guidelines.

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Health officials have warned against such a reopening, though, fearing a rise in new cases of COVID-19.

Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayers, begins on or about Friday.

The coalition of Georgia mosques recommends that all mosques and community centers implement online and other creative platforms to fulfill the spiritual, social, and educational needs of their community.

Also on Wednesday, the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta decided to continue to hold worship services and meetings online or through digital conferencing platforms.