Good Morning, Everyone,
Muslim communities around the world are celebrating the end of Ramadan today, so ... Happy Eid!! This year during Ramadan, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Iftar--a breaking-of-the-fast meal at sunset--with three different communities & it was such a pleasure to be at each of these events: A public Unity Iftar on the street at Cedar Riverside before the all-night art festival Northern Spark, one family-style Iftar at a friend's restaurant, and one semi-private Iftar with a group of Sudanese men in St. Paul.
These beautiful communal feasts were filled with conversations about education, engineering, civil rights, faith devotion, and friendship ... Apparently, the FB creator guy was at an Iftar in Minneapolis this week, also.
FYI: As many of us already know, Minneapolis has one of the highest populations of East African folks in the US, and unfortunately our Muslim communities have been additionally targeted this year. Unity Iftar was a strong show of solidarity after the anti-Muslim protest at the capital in St. Paul on the same day. Ilhan Omar, who became the first Somali-American woman to get voted into the MN House of Representatives last year, along with multiple other legislative and faith-community figure-heads were at Unity Iftar showing support.
What's happening in the White House right now against Muslims and Somalis in regrettable. The sea of families out there wanting access to health care, employment, education, freedom of faith, and community should not be stigmatized for extremist acts, and I hope Ramadan celebrations have been fruitful for all community members involved. Thank you for being open to learning about different ways of life, not in separation, but in celebration.
In Faith, Community, and Love,
Jess, Andrew, and Lady. :)
Joy Spreading Since 2007