The Olibah family pauses to take a picture before breaking the fast in Fairfax, Virginia. Sarah Olibah (center, wearing a headscarf) is a systems engineering student at Virginia’s George Mason University. She believes Ramadan is a time to focus on faith, family and community.
“After a long and fatiguing day of fasting, it is an amazing experience to be able to share the privilege of a good meal at sunset with loved ones. These events help us reflect on our blessings that are easily overlooked in our day-to-day lives,”
Many Muslims are drawn to the Islamic Center of South Jersey during Ramadan. With more than 160,000 adherents, New Jersey has the seventh-largest Muslim community in the United States.
A woman sits with her two children before an iftar at Fort Meade’s Argonne Hills Chapel Center in Maryland. Fort Meade’s Chapel Center welcomed more than 125 guests to the dinner, including the U.S. Army commandant of Fort Meade, the Fort Meade chaplain and local political leaders. Military families of all faiths find friendship and solace at the center.