Ramadan started this week. Credit: Abdullah Arif on Unsplash

Ramadan began this week. While non-Muslims usually associate the holy month with fasting, to Observant Muslims, it’s about more than just not eating. It has a different meaning for everyone who celebrates it. However, this year, these personal reflections are deeply intertwined with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. This year’s Ramadan begins under the shadow of tens of thousands of Palestinians who have been killed during Israeli attacks in Gaza. In this time of sorrow for so many, below are a few local events intended to support, strengthen, and encourage those who are celebrating this religious holiday. 


Chashni Bubble Tea, which we featured last year, is offering a special drink for Ramadan: rooh afza lemonade mint. Owner Shabnam Ajmal says it’s the perfect drink for Iftar because it’s light and the lemon and mint helps with digestion. 

Makki Masjid Muslim Community Center is offering a free Iftar Meal every night. 

Al-Asqsa Bakery and Restaurant, which we featured in our small business spotlight, offers special Ramadan meals, including maklooba, msakhan, warq3enab and mansas. It will also be open for suhoor. 

Interfaith Iftar 2024 at Temple Emanu-El, Friday, March 22nd, 2024, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Interfaith Iftar at Miraj Health Grill, Monday, March 25, 2024, 6 p.m. Register by March 23. 

Other events: 

NYC Muslim Center has a Ramadan appeal to help save its 120-year-old masjid. It’s asking for your support here. They’re hosting two major fundraising events during Ramadan: The first event is Saturday, Mar 30, 2024 (The Night of Power), 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. and the second event is Friday, Apr 5, 2024 at the same time. 

If there is something we missed,  please share it with us so we can include it! 

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