Obama Official Addresses City Hall Iftar Dinner

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MEN AND WOMEN stood in worshipful demeanor as prayers were recited commemorating the end of Ramadan in Conversation Hall.

MEN AND WOMEN stood in worshipful demeanor as prayers were recited commemorating the end of Ramadan in Conversation Hall.

Raheemah Abdulaleem, a born-and-bred Philadelphian and senior associate general counsel in the executive office of President Barack Obama, keynoted the Iftar Dinner at City Hall last Thursday evening.
Hosted by Laborers’ District Counsel Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer and City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., the dinner in the Mayor’s meeting room marked the end of Ramadan for members of the Philadelphia Muslim community.
Joining Abdulaleem was Mayor Jim Kenney, who indicated a milestone was set with the establishment of Eid as public-school holidays, credited, he said, to the efforts of Councilman Jones, labor leader Boyer and other leaders of the Muslim community.
He noted, “This city’s Muslim community has played an important role in the diverse culture of our city and has been an important force behind many political, religious and cultural initiatives.”
Earlier in the week, the Iftar Dinner Planning Committee partnered with the United Ummah of Philadelphia to provide meals to over 300 of the city’s homeless in keeping with the Ramadan tradition of performing an act of charity before the Iftar dinner.

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One Response to Obama Official Addresses City Hall Iftar Dinner

  1. Thank you for publishing this article on the iftar at City Hall. I just wanted to share a point of clarification: the iftar was held at the end of a day of Ramadan fasting. However, Ramadan is an entire month, and the fast period is an entire month. The month of Ramadan (and its fasting) will end this year in early July.

    Bayyinah Abdul-Aleem
    July 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm

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