Los Angeles , CA : On Thursday, Project Islamic H.O.P.E. and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area, and other community organizations hosted the 10th Annual Ramadan Iftar for Los Angeles City and various public officials.
This year’s Iftar was sponsored by LA City Council President Eric Garcetti.
At the iftar, a resolution was presented by the Los Angeles City Council to the Muslim community. The resolution recognized the month of Ramadan as well as Islam being a positive force and an expression of hope for a more peaceful world.
Imam Abdul Karim Hasan, a close confidant of the late Imam Waridth Muhammad, was presented an award for his work in the American Muslim community.
Also, former Congresswoman Diane Watson was presented with a lifetime achievement award for her contributions as a public servant.
CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said: “Muslim community members are grateful for the recognition of their cherished faith and the month of Ramadan, and commit to working toward further bridge-building and increasing American Muslims’ positive contributions to the fabric of our great nation.”
“The annual Ramadan state dinner is one of the most important Ramadan events in the state,” said Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E. “It gives our community an opportunity to share our faith and tradition with influential public policy makers and dignitaries. The state dinner continues to help our community bridge the gap with elected officials and civic leaders,” he added.
Other sponsoring organizations were: Compton NAACP, Drug and Crime Free Youth Foundation, Bilal Islamic Center, Masjid Bilal ibn Rabah, Masjid Ibaadillah, and Urban Issues Breakfast Forum.
SEE: LA Council Presents Ramadan Resolution