On Saturday, around 1,000 Muslims in New York City broke their first Ramadan fast of the year on the pavements of Times Square, the city’s busiest artery, which was then followed up by hundreds of Muslims taking part in the Taraweeh prayers.
For the first Iftar of Ramadan, 1,500 meals were provided to Muslims who were present at the Times Square. Many people travelled to New York for the occassion.
Excerpts from the Quran were recited, and organisers spoke about the significance of the holy Islamic month’s observances.
The Zam Zam Project carried out the one-of-a-kind event for Muslims. The event was advertised as the “first-ever Taraweeh prayer in Times Square” on social media.
Talking to CBS News, the event’s organizer said, ‘”We’re here to explain our religion to all those that don’t know what Islam is all about.”
CBS News covered the story by interviewing multiple people at the occasion.
The organizers also held a free iftar for the Muslims in New York. About 1,500 meals were distributed among the people.
The organizers spoke about how Islam is a religion of peace and they wanted to show that to the world.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims perform an additional nocturnal prayer known as Taraweeh.