Saturday, August 11, 2012

White House Iftar

Asalamu Alaykom,

                                                                                                                            Source: via Yosra on Pinterest

Mashahallah!  What a beautiful menu.  Wouldn't you have loved to have been an invited guest at the White House for the Annual Iftar?

This is an even with a 200-year-old history.  President Thomas Jefferson hosted the first White House Iftar when he invited a Tunsian envoy to a sunset dinner.  Gotta love Thomas Jefferson!

It is Jefferson's two-volume Quran, published in London, in 1764, which is housed in the Library of Congress.  That is the same, "Alcoran of Mohammed," which was used by the first Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison when he was sworn in. To read more about the controversy about his swearing in go here.

So happy I voted for him!

Thomas Jefferson's Quran was actually on display at the iftar dinner courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Muslim Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson were both in attendance.  They were mentioned in the President's address as was Hilary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin.  It's a nice speech which brings together the many thoughts in our minds:  Olympics, Sikhs, Arab Spring aftermath and the rights of women.  The President singled out three Muslimahs in attendance to give them special recognition.  Mashahallah!

Ramadan Mubarak!

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