Obama holds annual iftar party in White House for Muslims


US President Barack Obama

As he threw open the White House to Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar dinner during Ramadan on 22 June, US President Barack Obama said that Americans were unanimous in not targeting any religious group.

“As Americans, we implore that no one is targeted because of what they look like, who they are, who they love and how they worship. We are united in our stand against such acts,” said Obama.

Reputed and representatives of Muslim countries, including Bangladesh and Pakistan, attended the iftar party. Traditional Iftar dinner follows daily fasting from dawn to dusk. Ramadan ends with the Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Fitr.

It may be mentioned here that several demeanours had  been done against Muslims, including Bollywoood actors from India, in  the United Sates.

We Americans rallied around that community when three Muslim Americans were murdered in Chapel Hill,” he said, quoting DNA.

“The White House iftar realises the divine meaning of Ramadan for 1.5 billion Muslims across the globe. It’s a time when Muslims confide themselves to their faith, following days of discipline,” Obama said.

“We can overcome ignorance and prejudice when we are united. Only by being together can we defeat injustice. As civil rights activist John Lewis calls using our feet—getting out in the world to create the change that we seek,” said the US president.


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