Ramadan in Minnesota: You’re invited

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Want to learn more about Ramadan and about Islam? A collaboration between Muslim and Christian communities is designed to help. The Minnesota Council of Churches and metro-area mosques have set up nine open houses to welcome non-Muslim residents for an introduction to Ramadan and an iftar, the traditional fast-breaking meal. This after-sunset meal may be at a family gathering or at a larger community gathering.

  Where to go

Information and registration materials can be found on the MCC website

Wednesday, July 25, 7:45 p.m.
Masjid Al-Taqwa
1949 University Ave
St. Paul, MN

Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Islamic Community Center
3300 Plymouth Blvd.,
Plymouth, MN 55477

Saturday, July 28, 7:30pm
Islamic Center of Minnesota
1401 Gardena Avenue Northeast  
Fridley, MN 55432

Saturday, July 28, 8:15 p.m.
Ja’afari Islamic Center
10301 Jefferson Highway
Brooklyn Park, MN 55455

Monday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.
Masjid Al-Iman
1429 2nd St. NE
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday, August 1, 7:30
Muslim American Society of Minnesota
4100 East 66th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Thursday, August 2, 7:30pm
Dar Al Hijrah
504 Cedar Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Friday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
Burnsville Mosque
1351 Riverwood Drive
Burnsville, MN  55337

Thursday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.
Masjid Al-Rahman
Muslim Community Center
8910 Old Cedar Ave
Bloomington, MN

 

Ramadan is a month-long time of fasting, with the date determined by the lunar calendar. When that’s in the heat and long days of summer, as it is this year, fasting from sunrise to sunset is particularly difficult. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam: belief, prayer, almsgiving, fasting during Ramadan, and the hajj — pilgrimage to Mecca once during one’s lifetime. Ramadan includes prayer and almsgiving as well as fasting.

Gail Anderson, director of the Minnesota Council of Churches’ Taking Heart program, said that each gathering is different. All will include an introduction and explanation of Ramadan. Then the guests are invited to observe Muslim prayer. After the prayer, all will share a meal. Each event will last for about two hours.

To register for one of the evenings, click here. You’ll get a confirmation letter that tells what to expect at the mosque, including a respectful way to dress. 

(And if you’d like to hear more about Ramadan, check out ASK A SOMALI | What’s the polite thing to say on Ramadan? )