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 Monday, May 6th, the greater Muslim community began 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! The menu changes daily, so check out their Facebook page for menu updates.
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

Celebrate Ramadan with community events that welcome everyone to gather, break fast, and learn about the holiday.

Daybreak Ramadan Days

May 7th - June 3rd
Times vary
Daybreak Global Bookshop

Daybreak will open up a pop-up mosque for Ramadan. This year's events include: Itikaf & Qur'an reading every Friday 5pm-7pm, women's Taraweeh Sundays after Isha and a women's potluck Iftar & Taraweeh on Tuesdays.

Iftar with City of Minneapolis Mayor

May 23rd

Abubakar As-saddique Islamic Center

Join Mayor Jacob Frey for an Iftar Celebration hosted by the Abubakar As-saddique Islamic Center.

Open House Iftar for Our Neighbors

May 25th
Abubakar As-saddique Islamic Center

Break fast with community members at the Abubakar As-saddique Islamic Center. All are welcome.

5th Annual Unity Iftar Block Party

May 25th, 2018
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light

Gandhi Mahal, MNIPL, and interfaith partners welcome you to our annual Unity Iftar during Ramadan, a season of fasting and reflection for Muslims all over the world. People of all faiths are invited to break bread with our Muslim brothers and sisters and enjoy conversation, festive celebration, and a delicious meal by Gandhi Mahal.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend:

Our evening together will begin at 7:30 pm with music and a program from Muslim community leaders. At sunset, approximately 8:30pm, Ruhel Islam, Owner of Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, will sing the call to prayer (Adhan) before we break fast with a meal from Gandhi Mahal. Suggested donation $15.

Iftar With Our Neighbors

May 31st
7:30pm - 10pm

Whittier Recreation Center

The Whittier Alliance in Partnership with Fortune Relief And Youth Empowerment Organization(FRAYEO) and Whittier Recreation Center is hosting iftar with our neighbors. This year we are inviting all our neighbors to join us anytime from 7:30 pm on for great food and community at the Whittier Park. Our activities will include:

  • Small Group discussions to learn more about Ramadan
  • Pick-Up Soccer & Futsal Youth Arts and Reading Activities and More

Please feel free to join us and NO RSVP required. All Are welcome.

Ramadan Iftar (Breaking Fast) Dinner

June 3rd
8pm - 10:30pm

Safari Restaurant

Enjoy a traditional Iftar (fast-breaking) meal as you learn about the holy month of Ramadan. Celebrate the end of Ramadan with members of the Muslim community. Enjoy a traditional Iftar meal as you learn about the holy month of Ramadan. Taste a variety of traditional Somali dishes, sweets and beverages (non-alcoholic). Join other diners to select our food from the large buffet, then begin eating after the sun sets.