When Ramy premiered on Hulu in the spring of 2019, it marked a groundbreaking moment for many Muslim Americans. Sure, there had been depictions of Muslims onscreen before, but it was often hard to identify with these largely secular and whitewashed versions of Islam. For me, Ramy provided a character whose experiences with Islam mirrored my own — and that's never been more clear than in Ramy's hilarious, all-too-relatable Ramadan episode.
Aptly titled, “Do The Ramadan,” the episode depicts the titular character, a 20-something-year-old living in New Jersey, struggling to observe all the aspects of Ramadan. Although Ramy earnestly attempts to abide by Ramadan rules, he faces several internal and external obstacles that derail him over and over. Unlike many of the other TV episodes that recognize non-Christian holidays, Ramy's Ramadan episode doesn't center around educating outsiders; instead, it hilariously points out the little idiosyncrasies of Ramadan that those who observe it can relate to. But most importantly, the episode examines Ramy's efforts to merge his religion with his American identity, and shows that even though Ramy doesn’t always practice his religion to a tee, Ramadan is clearly a very special month for him, just like it is for so many.
Here are the most relatable moments from “Do The Ramadan":