Ramadan Mubarak!
(Blessed Ramadan!)

The month of Ramadan is a sacred period for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims engage in spiritual reflection and prayer and refrain from eating or drinking between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Traditionally, the day's fast ends with a communal meal (iftar). 

Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, the season in which Ramadan falls changes over time. Last year Ramadan began in mid-May. This year it begins earlier in the month, most likely on May 5. The precise start date depends on sighting the new moon and may vary in different parts of the world. 

Here's an entertaining, informative 10-minute video about Ramadan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1779_E1A20

Interfaith Learning Events

Friday April 26, 10-10:20 a.m. Bonnier Multifaith Center in Anderson. Join Mahrukh Khurram '19 as she talks about food practices and Ramadan. Delicacies afterwards--samosas!

Tuesday April 30, 10-10:20 a.m. Christ Chapel. Join Dr. Fuad Naeem and Suleman Asif '19 for their reflections on the meaning of Ramadan. 

Friday May 3, 10-10:20 a.m. Bonnier Multifaith Center in Anderson. Join Mehreen Kamal '21 to learn about Ramadan.

Ramadan Banquet (Iftar)

After the daily fast, Muslims gather for a meal called an iftar. On Tuesday, May 7, the Office of the Chaplains held a Gustavus community iftar dinner. Every seat was filled! Many thanks to Dr. Fuad Naeem and Mehreen Kamal '21 for speaking and to Dining Services for a wonderful meal! 

Taking Heart iftar in Mankato on May 18

All members of the Gustavus community (and anyone else) is invited to join the Islamic Association of Mankato for a “Taking Heart” iftar on Saturday May 18. Register through the Minnesota Council of Churches . Click the registration link on that page, then scroll down until you find the right location. This event is open to anyone regardless of religion. Transportation is on your own.

Muslim prayer during Ramadan

  • The Bonnier Multifaith Center has been reserved for Muslim prayer every afternoon and evening, from the start of Ramadan through June 4.

For questions, contact Dr. Marian Broida