American Muslims fight COVID-19 with Ramadan’s spirit of giving

For Dr. Haidar Al-Saadi, who works in a Detroit-area emergency room, the stress of treating COVID-19 patients has become part of his own observance of Ramadan. Thirst from fasting from dawn to dusk, while treating patients on 10-hour shifts, reminds him of the Muslim holy month’s tenet of serving others.

“You remind yourself this is the time to be patient and look past certain things and do the best you can do to help people,” says the 38-year-old physician, who came to the United States from Iraq when he was just 1 month old. “Being a Muslim, itself, teaches you that.”

He was part of a small team of doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, who treated 250–300 patients a day when COVID-19 peaked in suburban Detroit in late March...

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