Reporting Steve Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ramadan begins Monday night and this year it means an even greater sacrifice for local Muslims.
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, which means no food and no drink from sunrise to sunset. It’s based on the lunar calendar. It taking place during the longest days of the year only adds to the sacrifice.
Amin Kader, an Augsburg professor, is with the Islamic Institute of Minnesota. He says the greater the sacrifice the greater the self-control, which is the whole purpose of Ramadan.
“Even though it is going to be, maybe, harder. But as we say every day, every year – ‘It just passes, very peacefully,’” said Kader.
Tens of thousands of Muslims live in Minnesota.