An iftar celebration in Maryland.

An iftar celebration in Maryland.

Every Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. But the fasting month is about more than abstaining from food or water. Muslims are encouraged to engage in worship and self-reflection, both as individuals and as an “ummah” — a community.

How do Muslims from all walks of life come together for Ramadan? And, in a region with many transients, how do D.C. Muslims find community?


  • Palmer Shepherd Former Co-Chair, LGBT Muslims Retreat
  • Hurunnessa Fariad Outreach/Interfaith Coordinator, All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center; @ADAMSCenter_
  • Lauren Schreiber Co-founder and Executive Director, CenterDC; @TheCenterDC
  • Makkah Ali Co-host and Executive Producer, Identity Politics Podcast; @MsMakkah

How Local Muslims Find Community At IHOP

IHOP And Ramadan: A Uniquely American-Muslim Tradition - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

At 3 a.m., while most people are sound asleep, Muslims observing Ramadan are crawling out of bed and getting ready for suhoor -the pre-dawn meal before a day of fasting. During an American summer, this can mean up to 17 hours without food or drink.

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