Ramadan: A Time for (Interfaith) Hospitality

The Muslim month of Ramadan began last Saturday. During this month, Muslims fast from food and drink from sunup to sundown as a spiritual discipline and in remembrance of receiving the Qur’an.


Muslim families will often extend hospitality to their friends and neighbors during this time, and the evening meal (Iftar) after breaking the fast is a time for celebration and friendship.

It has been the custom among the mosques of the Bay Area to hold open-house iftars– inviting their non-Muslim neighbors to share in a meal, to learn more about Islam, and to strengthen relationships among the diverse peoples of our communities.

Again this year, there will be open house iftars around the Bay, including one sponsored by a Christian group at the United Methodist Church of Campbell. Contact information is provided below for more information about any of the iftars.

Bay Area Ramadan Iftars

  • August 29th, San Jose
    Shia Muslim Association of the Bay Area (SABA)
    4415 Fortran Court
    RSVP: Saba-igc.org | 408-946-5700
    Register: 6:00 pm Program: 6:30 pm
  • September 5th, Fremont
    Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB)
    33330 Peace Terrace
    RSVP: Ramadan09@iseb.org | 510-429-4732
    Register: 5:15 pm Program: 5:30 pm
  • September 6th, Sunnyvale
    Pacifica Institute Interfaith Conversation

    Featuring Kabir Helminski
    1257 Tasman Drive, Unit B
    RSVP BY AUGUST 31: (408) 423-8543 or pacificasv@pacificainstitute.org.
    Program: 6:30 pm
    See event flyer
  • September 11th, Campbell
    United Methodist Church of Campbell
    1675 Winchester
    RSVP: alanhjones@earthlink.net
    Program: 7:00 pm
  • September 5th, Oakland
    Islamic Community Center of Northern California (ICCNC)

    1433 Madison St.
    RSVP: iccnc.org | 510-823-7600
    Register: 7:00 pm Program 7:30 pm
  • September 12th, Santa Clara
    Muslim Community Assoc. (MCA)

    3003 Scott Blvd
    RSVP: Dian.alyan@mcabayarea.org | 408-727-7277 x402
    Register: 6:00 pm Program: 6:30 pm
  • September 13th, San Francisco
    Islamic Society of San Francisco (ISSF)

    20 Jones St.
    RSV: issf@att.net | 415-863-7997
    Register: 5:30 pm Program 6:00 pm
  • September 13th, San Jose
    South Bay Islamic Assoc. (SBIA)

    325 N. 3rd Street
    RSVP: mediarelations@sbia.info | 408-947-9389
    Register: 6:00 pm Program: 6:30 pm
  • September 13th, Fremont
    Ta’leef Collective

    43170 Osgood Road
    Program: 6:30pm
    RSVP: http://taleefiftar.eventbrite.com/
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