WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has marked the Islamic holy month of Ramadan by hosting his fifth annual iftar dinner at the White House.
Muslims, who fast all day during Ramadan, come together for the iftar dinner after sunset.
Invited guests at the White House iftar included the two Muslim members of Congress — Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind. — and three lawmakers from Michigan, the state with the largest concentration of Muslims.
Obama praised Muslim entrepreneurs, innovators and pioneers for their contributions to America.
Thursday's White House event continued the tradition of hosting iftars that began under President Bill Clinton and was continued by President George W. Bush.
300-a-16-(President Barack Obama, in remarks at White House iftar dinner)-"of our universe"-President Obama, hosting a group of Muslim community leaders, says those of the Muslim faith have made great contributions to the growth and success of the United States. (25 Jul 2013)
Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 03:15:23 EST
Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 03:15:23 EST