SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Muslims around the world will begin the month of Ramadan, or the month of fasting, tomorrow.
During the month-long holiday, Muslims fast or refrain from eating and drinking from pre-dawn to sunset.
According to the faithful, the month is a time for oneself to better themselves, to practice self-discipline and to grow closer to God through increased prayers, acts of compassion and charity.
Locally, members of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey will be among those observing Ramadan, according to members.
Members of the mosque, located at 4145 Route 1 in Monmouth Junction, said they will start their first day of fasting by making sandwiches/lunches and helping those in need by partnering with the Hunger Van for ISCJ’s monthly, Feed The Homeless event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Hunger Van brings food and other essential items to the homeless on the streets, engages communities and helps promote a unanimous pledge to serve humanity, according to organizers.
On Saturday evening at sunset, ISCJ will host an “Iftar,” or dinner, for the community to celebrate the first day of fasting.
Following the dinner, special nightly prayers held during the month of fasting, called Taraweeh, will be held, members said.
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