Iftar is the evening meal that breaks fast for those observing Ramadan. New Brighton hosted its first community iftar on the evening of April 13, 2023. Neighbors along with City officials, commissioners, and staff had an opportunity to come together for shared meals and conversations.
Cities and organizations throughout the country are hosting community iftars to provide a space for Muslim and non-Muslim community members to learn about one another's cultures and traditions to build understanding, connection, and unity.
Ramadan is considered one of the holiest months of the Islamic Calendar. It is a time for spiritual reflection and personal growth. The annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the core beliefs and practices of the religion.
During this time, Muslims around the world spend more time during daily prayer, perform more acts of charity, and fast from dawn to dusk. Fasting (which includes food, drink, and other physical needs) is considered a way of purifying the soul, practicing self-discipline, and reminding oneself of the plight of those who are less fortunate.
Even if someone is not Muslim, the spirit of Ramadan can still inspire individuals to practice compassion, kindness, and generosity as they strive to be a positive influence in their communities.