Zafar Siddiqui

Zafar Siddiqui is a co-founder of the Islamic Resource Group (IRG), an educational outreach organization dedicated to building bridges between Muslims and people of other faiths. He currently serves as the director of interfaith and civic relations at IRG. Read more about Zafar Siddiqui.

Ramadan Begins

Posted by: Zafar Siddiqui Updated: July 20, 2012 - 1:44 AM


The Minnesota Muslim community marked the commencement of the month of Ramadan with special late night prayers called the Taraweeh prayers that started at 10:45 PM and lasted until midnight. Most Muslims will wake up around 3 AM to have a light meal called Suhur. Around 4 AM, they will pray the first prayer of the day called the Fajr prayer. Some may decide to take a short nap while others may immerse themselves in reading the Qur'an.

It certainly promises to be a long day but the Muslim community looks forward to the first day of fasting and takes this opportunity to grow spiritually, purify physically, exercise self-control, and increase empathy for the poor.


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