Blessed Ramadan Project

Now, more than ever, it is time to speak up. Join the Minnesota Council of Churches in showing respect for our Muslim neighbors as we wish them a #BlessedRamadan. Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The annual observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

From neighborhood hate crimes to legislative discrimination, we see negativity directed against Muslims in many ways. But that is not who we are in Minnesota. We are a welcoming, caring, respectful community. As a sign of community solidarity, you are invited to extend a sign of goodwill by placing a sign on your lawn reading, To Our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan. Ramadan begins this year at sunset on Friday, May 26, and lasts until Sunday, June 24.

We will have signs at a table in the Heller Commons. Many of you may still have your signs from last year to re-use, or you can find the artwork for the signs at BlessedRamadan.org; the files can be downloaded and sent to a local printer near you.

On May 26, place a sign in your lawn and invite your neighbors to do the same. We will find places around the church to put them. I heard from so many Muslims last year how powerful it was for them to see these signs throughout the community. Let’s show our Muslim friends that they are welcome and respected here.

The Minnesota Council of Churches, in partnership with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, is also excited to announce a series of open house Iftars at area mosques, called Taking Heart. The Iftar is the dinner eaten at the end of a day of fasting during Ramadan. Taking Heart was started in 2005 to bring Christians and Muslims together to get to know each other over a meal and conversation. It is designed for regular people of different faiths to interact with each other. It is NOT an academic discussion or a theological debate—just people talking over a meal at Iftar time.

You can see which Mosques are inviting community members to Iftar dinners and register at the Minnesota Council of Churches‘ website.