Starting the evening of Friday, May 26, millions of Muslims around the world began their recognition of Ramadan; the ninth month on the Islamic calendar which runs until the evening of June 24, during which Muslims engage in dawn-to-dusk fasting. This celebratory month is also a time when many Muslims engage in increased prayer, charity, and self-discipline.

Ramadan was established as being Holy after the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE (or AD) on the occasion known as Laylat al-Qadr, translated into English meaning “Night of Power.”

Baltimore is host to a large Islamic Community made up of Muslims from all ethnic origins and nationalities. Here are some special events occurring throughout the Holy Month for Muslims to celebrate and congregate with fellow believers:

Islamic Society of Baltimore (6631 Johnnycake Rd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244) is having Iftars every day during Ramadan. They will also host weekly Ramadan Reflections for youth girls  every Friday of the month at 8:30 p.m.

Randallstown Islamic Center (3117 Rices Ln, Windsor Mill, MD 21244) is having Tarawih Prayer during Ramadan at 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Muhammad Mosque #6 (3306 Garrison Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21216) will have a special Ramadan Message presented by Student Minister Randy Muhammad on Sunday, May 28 at 11 a.m.

Islamic Center of Owings Mills (11436 Cronhill Dr Unit 4A, Owings Mills, MD 21117) will have Iftars every Friday and Saturday during Ramadan.

The Saudis of Baltimore is hosting a Ramadan Iftar Under the Moonlight at the SkyLounge (10 Light Street, Floor 22) on Monday, May 22. Cost for this event is $49. There will be separate rooms for men and women. Children under 8 are not recommended.

EquallyAble, a disability empowerment organization is hosting an Endowment Fundraising Iftar and Dinner at Shahi Grill in Gwynn Oak on Saturday, June 3. This is a free event.

University of Maryland, Baltimore is hosting Iftars on Tuesdays and Thursday throughout the month of Ramadan.