Due to the Covid-19 quarantine, Muslims around the world have not been able to congregate in mosques during this year’s Ramadan. As a result, some households have decided to adopt a DIY approach to create the mosque experience at home.
Photos of families’ prayer spaces have popped up on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. “One person after another put up a picture, and it just picked up a lot of steam,” says Essma Bengabsia, executive director of Muslim Network. “People really loved the idea and started crafting their own prayer spaces and mini-mosques at home.”
Eyad Asmar says he used materials from his printing shop to make designs resembling old mosque walls and dome roofs. He set up the “mini-mosque” in the family room complete with prayer rugs. His three children helped him design the DIY home-mosque. “Ever since they were little, we’d go to mosque with them and they’d get used to the Ramadan spirit,” says Mr. Asmar. “I think this helps. They feel like not everything went away.”