People gathered in downtown Minneapolis on April 16, 2021 to pray on the first Friday of Ramadan. Credit: Ben Hovland | Sahan Journal

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Ramadan is a month-long celebration of healing, prayer, and charity for Muslims all over the world. According to the nonprofit Islamic Resource Group, Minnesota is home to approximately 150,000 Muslims, many of whom celebrate Ramadan through family and community gatherings.

This year, Ramadan began April 2 and will likely end May 2. 

Fasting daily from dawn until sunset is a common Ramadan practice for observant Muslims. This practice encourages Muslims to draw closer to Allah, feel gratitude, practice self-restraint, and empathize with the less fortunate. At sunset, Muslims break their fast at iftars, or special meals. 

Many Muslim-led organizations in Minnesota host iftar events, which are free and often open to the public. Other events during the month of Ramadan include fundraisers, interfaith prayer offerings, and volunteer opportunities.

Sahan Journal reached out to mosques and community organizations to compile a calendar of places to worship and celebrate Ramadan. We’ve included links, addresses, and phone numbers where possible–but you may want to confirm items before attending. 

Do you know of a celebration event for Ramadan that you want to include in this calendar? Please reach out to us at contact@sahanjournal.com (use the subject line “Ramadan 2022”), and we’ll plan to add it to our directory. 

4/14/22 

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 8201 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420
  • Description: 
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

4/15/22 

  • Event title: Building Blocks Ramadan Dinner * Hosted by Building Blocks of Islam
  • Location/Time: 5394 Edgewood Dr, Mounds View, MN 55112, 6:30 pm – 9 pm 
  • Description: In-person event.
  • Theme: Iftar and Fundraiser.
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: tinyurl.com/BBFR2022 
  • Contact: Building Blocks of Islam (612) 501-6426

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 5995 Timber Trail SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372, 7:30 pm 
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

  • Event title: Maple Grove Masjid Ramadan Iftar Fundraiser 
  • Location/Time: 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369, 7 pm  
  • Description: n/a
  • Theme: Iftar and Fundraiser.
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: n/a
  • Contact: n/a
Hamdi Muhamed sits with her son, Abdullahi Abdi, age 1, at the Eid al-Adha prayer service at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 2019. Credit: Caroline Yang for MPR News

4/16/22 

  • Event title: Food Shelf @ MAS Blaine
  • Location/Time: 12175 Aberdeen St NE, Blaine, MN 55449, 11 am – 1 pm   
  • Description: In-person event.
  • Theme: Food shelf 
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: 
  • Contact: (651) 457-7169

  • Event title: Food Shelf, hosted by MAS
  • Location/Time: 1608 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108, 12—1 pm   
  • Description: In-person event.
  • Theme: Food shelf 
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: 
  • Contact: (651) 457-7170 

4/17/22 

4/18/22 

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 1608 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108, 7 pm  
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

4/19/22 

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 1460 Skillman Ave E, Maplewood, MN 55109, 7 pm 
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 10186 Lancaster Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369, 7 pm  
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

4/20/22 

  • Inspire Community Ramadan Iftar Potluck
  • Location/Time: Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore S, Richfield MN 55423
  • Description: Iftar

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 15400 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068, 7 pm   
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 12585 Hudson Road South, Afton, MN 55001, 6:30 pm    
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

4/21/22 

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 12175 Aberdeen Street Northeast, Blaine, MN 55449, 7 pm     
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 977 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55106, MN 55449, 7 pm     
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

4/22/22 

Thousands of Muslim Minnesotas observe morning prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha in 2021. Credit: Ben Hovland | Sahan Journal

4/23/22 

  • Event title: Deaf Iftar 2022
  • Location/Time: Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul 55104, 5:30 pm check-in, 6 pm event start time.
  • Description: “Join us for our annual Deaf Iftar. Come break fast with us and learn about the life and times of Migdalia Rogers and get some words of wisdom from our Brother Sheik Elias Ali.”
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: $15 students/$25 general
  • Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deaf-iftar-2022-tickets-309912365227

  • Event title: Building Blocks Food Shelf
  • Location/Time: Chase Community Room, Cedar-Riverside, 12 pm 
  • Description: n/a
  • Theme: Food shelf
  • Cost: Free 

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 6120 Brooklyn Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55429, 7:30 pm     
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

  • Event title: Taking Heart Ramadan Interfaith Iftar
  • Location/Time: 2824 13th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407, 7 pm     
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Iftar
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1242283-X0TZOP6Grq 
  • Contact: Saran Sidime at saran.sidime@mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3226

4/24/22

4/30/22 

  • Event title: (Maghrib Salah Onward) 🌙Chaand Raat🌙 , Hosted by ICM
  • Location/Time: 1401 Gardena Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Description: Henna, jewelry, food will be available to purchase & much more!
  • Theme: 
  • Cost: $45 per table 
  • Contact:
  • Contact for table reservation:
  • Sis. Nayyer Dastagir: 763-843-4335
  • Sis. Shireen Karim: 612-644-0146
  • ICM Office: 763-571-5604

  • Event title: Food Shelf @ MAS Blaine
  • Location/Time: 12175 Aberdeen St NE, Blaine, MN 55449, 11 am – 1 pm   
  • Description: In-person event
  • Theme: Food shelf 
  • Cost: Free 
  • Link to RSVP: 
  • Contact: (651) 457-7169

Katelyn Vue

Katelyn Vue is a third-year student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, majoring in Journalism and Political Science. She is a reporter covering marginalized communities and underrepresented voices,...