Minnesota Muslims Invite Their Neighbors For Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Meal

(SAINT PAUL, MN – For Immediate Release:? May 22, 2017)

Ramadan is the blessed month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown. In 2017, Ramadan is on May 27 – June 25.

In 2017, Masjids and Islamic Centers across Minnesota are extending an invitation to their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.

People of all faiths or none are invited to experience one or more of the Ramadan open houses organized as part of the Taking Heart Open House program of the Minnesota Council of Churches in partnership with the Muslim American Society and participating mosques in Minnesota.

Taking Heart has been bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together for food and conversation for ten years. “In 2016 over 800 community members participated in Taking Heart during Ramadan. Our hope is that many more people will join us this year for an Iftar dinner, especially those who have never had the opportunity,” said The Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Taking Heart Organizer.

“Ramadan is a month of generosity and hospitality. We invite our neighbors to visit us and join us for a complimentary Iftar meal,” said Imam Asad Zaman.

These events are free and open to the public but registration is required. Information and registration materials can be found on the Minnesota Council of Churches website.

List of upcoming Taking Heart events:

  1. Ja-afari Islamic Center
    Sunday, May 28, 8:15 pm,
    10301 Jefferson Highway,
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
  2. Masjid Taqwa
    Tuesday, May 30, 8:00 pm,
    1608 Como Avenue,
    St. Paul, MN 55108
  3. Umatul Islamic Center
    Thursday, June 1, 7:45 pm,
    3015 Second Avenue South,
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
  4. Masjid Al-Ihsan
    Saturday, June 3, 7:00 pm,
    955 West Minnehaha Avenue,
    St. Paul, MN 55104
  5. Masjid Al-Iman
    Saturday, June 3, 7:15 pm,
    1429 2nd Street NE,
    Minneapolis, MN 55413
  6. Masjid Alhuda (Islamic Cultural Community Center)
    Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 pm,
    2534 Central Avenue NE,
    Minneapolis, MN 55418
  7. MAS – Rosemount
    Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 pm,
    15400 South Robert Trail,
    Rosemount, MN 55068
  8. Masjid Al Rahman Islamic Center
    Thursday, June 8, 8:00 pm,
    8910 Old Cedar Avenue,
    Bloomington, MN 55425
  9. Islamic Association of Mankato
    Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 pm,
    Mankato Eagles Club,
    708 N. Riverfront Street,
    Mankato, MN? 56001
  10. Dar Al-Hijra
    Friday, June 9, 7:30 pm,
    504 Cedar Avenue S,
    Minneapolis, MN 55454
  11. Niagara Foundation/ TASMN
    Friday, June 9, 7:30 pm,
    999 50th Avenue Northeast,
    Columbia Heights, MN 55421
  12. Islamic Center of Winona
    Saturday, June 10, 6:30 pm,
    71 West Third Street,
    Winona, MN 55987
  13. Imam Hussain Islamic Center
    Sunday, June 11, 7:30 pm,
    6120 Brooklyn Boulevard,
    Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
  14. Masjid Al-Tawba
    Sunday, June 11, 8:00 pm,
    6861 Flying Cloud Drive,
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
  15. MAS – Blaine Center
    Tuesday, June 13, 8:00 pm,
    12175 Aberdeen Street Northeast,
    Blaine, MN 55449
  16. Abubakar As-Sadique Islamic Center
    Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm,
    2824 13th Avenue South,
    Minneapolis, MN 55407
  17. Islamic Society of Woodbury
    Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm,
    680 Commerce Drive, Suite 130,
    Woodbury, MN 55125
  18. Dar Al-Farooq
    Thursday, June 15, 8:00 pm,
    8201 Park Avenue South,
    Bloomington, MN 55425
  19. Islamic Center of MN
    Friday, June 16, 7:30 pm,
    1401 Gardenia Avenue NE,
    Fridley, MN 55432
  20. Northwest Islamic Community Center (NWICC)
    Saturday, June 17, 7:30 pm,
    3300 Plymouth Boulevard,
    Plymouth, MN 55447

About Minnesota Council of Churches

The Minnesota Council of Churches’ mission is to manifest unity in the church and to build the common good in the world. The Minnesota Council of Churches programs align with three broad categories: welcoming refugees, mobilizing the faith community to engage in public policy, and strengthening communities through relationships and understanding.? For more information, visit www.mnchurches.org.

About Muslim American Society MN

Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN)? operates three Masjids (Islamic Centers) in Minnesota. MAS MN provides religious programming and youth programs. MAS MN is a community organization committed to making Minnesota a better place for all Minnesotans. MAS MN provides social services such as clinic and food shelves. A leader in interfaith dialogue, MAS MN is co-organizer of the Taking Heart Ramadan Iftar Open House program and the Rabbi Imam Round Table. MAS MN is committed to engaging the immigrant community in public policy and government affairs. MAS MN conducts events that educate and mobilize the community to participate in public affairs and civic activities on a non-partisan basis and to activate a new generation of community leaders.. For more information, visit masmn.org.




Taking Heart Registration Link: http://www.mnchurches.org/respectfulcommunities/interfaithprogramming/takingheart/registration.html

What To Expect In A Masjid Primer: http://www.mnchurches.org/respectfulcommunities/interfaithprogramming/takingheart/WhattoExpectattheMosque.html

Taking Heart Video Journal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72R5lv0J058