Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The fast is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint and generosity.

As Muslims prepare for the sacred month of Ramadan this May-June, the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society are again announcing a series of Taking Heart Open Houses. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers throughout the Metro area will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for encounter and learning, capped off by a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.

Taking Heart has been bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together for food and conversation for ten years.  Last year more than 800 guests attended an Iftar during Ramadan. We hope that people who have never been to a mosque – and those who have been with us – will join in an open house at a mosque in their neighborhood, or any other sites throughout the Metro area.

Please visit www.mnchurches.org to register for one or more of the open houses. Bring friends and family!

In your neighborhood:   

  • Masjid Tawqa – 1608 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55408 – Tuesday, May 30, 8:00 pm
  • Masjid Al-Ihsan – 955 West  Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55104 – Saturday, June 3, 7:00 pm
  • Islamic Society of Woodbury/East Metro – 680 Commerce Drive, Suite 130, Woodbury, MN 55125 – Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm

 These events are free and open to the public.  For further information please contact:

The Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Taking Heart Organizer


June 5th, 2017