Your Guide to Ramadan in Minneapolis

Ramadan is the Islamic practice of fasting from dawn to sunset. A time for prayer and reflection, Minneapolis has various resources available to those observing this holy month.

Minneapolis is home to a vibrant Somali community, one of the largest in the country, many of whom practice Islam. In addition to the Somali population, many others of different cultures and backgrounds practice the faith as well. After sunrise on Wednesday, May 16th, the greater Muslim community begins observing Ramadan, a month long holy event. Resources in Minneapolis include Islamic centers, mosques and restaurants holding prayer and iftar, the breaking of the fast. 

Islamic Centers and Mosques Holding Prayer

Islamic Community of Bosniaks
668 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413

Masjid Alhuda - Islamic Cultural Community Center
2534 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN,  55418

Umatul Islamic Center
3015 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Masjid Al-Iman
1429 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413

Masjid Dar Al-Hijra
504 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55454

Abubakar As-Sadique
2824 13th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Masjid Dar Omar Al-Farooq
983 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Masjid At-taqwa
1608 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

Masjid Ar-Rahman
8910 Old Cedar Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425

For Minneapolis prayer times, click here.

Where to Break Fast, Places for Iftar

Many Minneapolis restaurants are holding special iftar dinners during the month of Ramadan. These dinners offer traditional and halal meals and the opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy a meal together.

Holding daily iftar dinners of healthy Mediterranean cuisine. First come, first serve. Quantities are limited!
Big Marina Grill & Deli
Enjoy Mediterranean and Greek flavors. Iftar here is held buffet style.

One of the more popular Somali-owned restaurants in the city.

Ghandi Mahal
Bangladeshi and Indian dishes from recipes that have been passed down for generations. The owner sometimes hosts free iftar dinners with suggested donations and sends proceeds to charity.

Marhaba Grill
Famous for their affordable iftar buffet dinners.

Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. You'll find all the favorites for iftar: kebabs, shawarma, and homemade Turkish bread. 

Hamdi Restaurant
Hamdi specializes in Somali and Middle Eastern Food. Enjoy fresh ingredients with handmade spices.

African Paradise Restaurant
Get a taste of the most authentic Somali food in Minneapolis. They offer big portions at affordable prices.

Open late, so you won't feel rushed when it's time for iftar.  You'll have plenty of Somali and East African dishes to choose from.

Ramadan Events

Unity Iftar Block Party

May 18th, 2018
Gandhi Mahal Restaurant

People of all faiths are invited to break bread with our Muslim brothers and sisters and enjoy conversation, connection, and festive celebration. Our evening together will begin at 7:30 pm with a resource fair, and at 8:00pm a short and inspiring program from Muslim religious & community leaders, emceed by Sally Hassan of Bloom. At sunset 8:39pm, Ruhel Islam, Owner of Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, will sing the call to prayer (Adhan) before we break fast with a full meal from Gandhi Mahal.

Over dinner we will be invited to share in storytelling circles where we will have individuals from our community share stories as we collectively and curiously dig into our own Environmental Ancestry. This is a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors, enjoy delicious food, start a quest into our own Environmental Ancestry, while learning about others. Limited seating for the full meal portion with donations of $15 welcomed. RSVP is needed!

Ramadan Iftar Dinner: Breaking the Fast Together

May 31st, 2018
Center for Changing Lives

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s (LSS) Refugee Services is honored to share in the faith tradition of many of our newly-arrived refugee families, and we are delighted to invite members of the greater LSS community to join us in building bridges of friendship. Featuring special guest speaker, Hamsa Warfa. 7:30pm registration, 8:00pm program & prayer, 9:00pm dinner. All are welcome to attend!