Today is the first the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month during which Muslims fast during daylight hours as an act of patience, spirituality and humility. Each day ends by breaking the fast with a grand community feast. This year, Muslims around the Twin Cities are inviting non-Muslims to participate in the daily breaking of the fast as a way teach the public more about their Muslim neighbors.
Eight Mosques around the Twin Cities, including two in Minneapolis, are inviting anyone who is interested to attend open house events that include a presentation about Ramadan, a prayer service and a breaking of the fast.
The event is organized annually by the Minnesota Council of Churches in an effort to promote conversation between different religious groups. This year’s event has more participating Muslim groups than any previous year.
"I think there's a lot of curiosity among non-Muslims about Islam and what's going on in Ramadan," Gail Anderson, the council's director of unity and relationships told the Star Tribune. "Although people are curious, they're not always comfortable ... they don't know what to expect or do. This is a way to make them feel more comfortable."
For more information on the Ramadan open house events, visit the Minneapolis Council of Churches homepage here.