Ramadan is a holy month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan, which falls during the summer season, is one of the “five pillars” of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity. A meal called an Iftar breaks the fast each day. In 2017 Ramadan falls between sundown May 26 and June 25.
Taking Heart is a long-running program coordinated by MCC and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN) to bring Christians and members of other faith communities together with Muslims for food and conversation. Minnesota mosques and Islamic Community Centers welcome their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar, inviting a time of learning and encounter. Growing in popularity, Taking Heart saw more than 800 non-Muslims attend Open House Iftar dinners in 2016.
These special dinners are held primarily around the greater Twin Cities area, but also in a few other communities in broader Minnesota. They are free and open to the public.
We hope you'll join us! Subscribe to News for the Common Good or Muslim Christian Dialogues to receive notice of when the 2017 list is available in late Spring..
Mosques and Islamic Centers that participated in 2016 can be found by clicking Register for a Taking Heart Iftar on the right-hand side of this page.
Photos from 2014 Taking Heart Ramadan Iftar Dinners
Learn more about 2016 Taking Heart Ramadan Iftars
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