Rice Hosts Iftar Party

Washington, DC: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Oct 25 hosted the State Department’s seventh annual “Iftar,” or Ramadan fast-breaking dinner, in Washington, DC.
The dinner took place after sunset, in accordance with Islamic practices. Muslim participants broke the fast with water and dates before performing their sunset prayers. Those in attendance at the dinner included Nihad Awad, executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as well as representatives of other local and national Muslim organizations, Muslim students, diplomats from Islamic countries, and State Department officials.
In her remarks, Secretary Rice reflected on the meaning of Ramadan and thanked Muslims for their generosity in donating to relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the recent earthquake in South Asia. She also spoke about the need to promote universal human rights and mentioned the legacy of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who died Monday at the age of 92.
After dinner, Awad informed Secretary Rice about CAIR’s announcement of a “Rosa Parks Civil Liberties Scholarship” for students studying in fields that promote civil rights, social justice and peaceful resolution of conflicts.
“These types of events represent a growing recognition of the positive role Islamic teachings and American Muslims can play in helping to promote peace and justice in this country and around the world,” said Awad. “We appreciate Secretary Rice’s efforts to reach out and dialogue with American Muslim leaders.”


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