People of all faiths are invited to one of eight Ramadan dinners organized by the Minnesota Council of Churches and metro-area mosques.
As our Muslim neighbors prepare for the sacred month of Ramadan this August, the Minnesota Council of Churches is excited to announce a series of open houses at area mosques organized by the council’s Taking Heart program. Eight mosques and Muslim Community Centers throughout the Metro area will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the “five pillars” of Islam. Each day the fast is broken with a meal called Iftar.
Taking Heart has been bringing Muslims and non-Muslims for food and conversation for more than five years. “This is the largest Taking Heart event ever planned”, said Gail Anderson, director of the program, “and we hope that people who have never had an opportunity to visit a mosque before will come join us for dinner at a mosque in their neighborhood.” The Minnesota Council of Churches has been involved in interfaith programming for more than two decades.
The events are free and open to the public, however some venues have limited seating capacity so registration is suggested. Information and registration materials can be found on the MCC website www.mnchurches.org/interfaith.takingheart.
The first event will be held Sat., Aug. 6, 8:15 p.m. at Anjuman-E-Asghari, 10301 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park.
The second event will be held Tues., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Masjid Al-Iman, 1429 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis
The third event will be held Wed., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. at Dar Al Hijrah, 504 Cedar Ave S., Minneapolis.
The fourth event will be held Thu., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Masjid Al-Tawba, 6861 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie.
The fifth event will be held Fri, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Burnsville Mosque, 1351 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville.
The sixth event will be held Sun, Aug. 14, 7:00 p.m. at Northwest Islamic Community Center, Hamel Community Center, 3200 Mill Dr., Hamel, Minn.
The seventh event will be held Fri, Aug. 19, 7:00 p.m. at Masjid Al-Rahman, Muslim Community Center, 8910 Old Cedar Ave., Bloomington, Minn.
The eighth event will be held Mon., Aug. 22, 7:00 p.m., at Masjid Al-Taqwa, 1949 University Ave., St. Paul.