(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/16/15) - On June 18,* the Muslim community in Minnesota and around the world will begin the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don), the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset.
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the "five pillars" of Islam.
The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called "Eid ul-Fitr," or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about July 17.
The fast is performed to exercise discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the "five pillars" of Islam.
Local mosques will host iftars (fast-breaking meal) on a daily basis, as well as other social activities. Mosques will also have special prayers, called taraweeh, after the daily nighttime prayer. In the last odd-numbered nights of Ramadan, Muslims mark Lailat ul-Qadr ("Night of Power" or "Night of Destiny").
Some Ramadan story coverage ideas for media include:
- Ramadan food specialties from different parts of the Muslim world
- Charitable giving and volunteering during Ramadan
- Sharing Ramadan Dinners
- Employers and religious accommodations in the workplace
- Students fasting at school, participating in sports teams
- Fasting long summer days
- Iftar (fast breaking meal) with a Muslim family
- Economic impact of Ramadan, businesses that market to Muslims during this time
On Friday, June 26 at 6;30pm, CAIR-MN will hold its 9th Annual Ramadan Dinner on Civil Rights at the Mounds View Community Center (5394 Edgewood Drive Mounds View, MN 55112). For more information, visit www.cairmn.com
[*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan. ]
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, E-Mail:email@example.com