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Local Muslims celebrate Ramadan

Women break their fast Saturday, July 27 during an Iftar event at the Islamic Society of Woodbury. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

Muslims in the east metro continue to observe the fasting month of Ramadan this week, entering into the last 10 sacred days.

During the month, members of the Islamic Society of Woodbury take turns to host "iftar" dinners, or breaking of the fast meals, each weekend where about 200 people usually attend.

"Ramadan is about community," said Maher Mahmood, volunteer. "We want to do as much as we can for the community."

The Woodbury mosque has been expanded at the Crossroad Commerce Center to accommodate its growing membership.

There are now more opportunities to hold larger events and there is a dedicated classroom space for children attending Sunday school.

Muslims observe Ramadan by abstaining from food and drink from dawn until dusk. It is also a time to be spiritual, donate to charity and practice new habits, Mahmood said.

"It's about changing a person holistically; you're not only keeping yourself from food and drink, it's also about keeping yourself from shameful acts," she said. "If you truly follow how a fast should be, you'll be in a spiritual state of being."

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.