|This is what the atmosphere of Fasting With Obama at the White House.|
This is what the atmosphere of Fasting With Obama at the White House.
Reuters - Sat, 11 Aug 2012
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, U.S. President Barack Obama commemorates the holy month of Ramadan with Iftar banquet held or fasting together on Friday night at the White House.
The event will be held in the State Dining Room that will be the fourth iftar held by Obama.
This continues a tradition that began organizing the annual iftar since Bill Clinton administration and continued by President George W. Bush.
Invited guests including government officials, religious leaders and grass-roots leaders of the American Muslim community and leaders from a wide range of beliefs and the members of the diplomatic corps.
At the beginning of Ramadan, President Obama also congratulated selarah Ramadan to Muslims in the world.
President Obama said, "On behalf of the American people, Michelle and myself - I extend warm congratulations to all the warmth of Muslim-Americans and Muslims around the world in living the holy month of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time for fasting, praying, and thoughtful; time to rejoice and celebrate. time to appreciate family, friends, and neighbors and help the needy. "
President Obama also added, "In America, Ramadan reminds us that Islam is part of our nation, and of public services to businesses, from health care and science to the arts - Muslim Americans helped strengthen the country and enrich our lives."