Muslim lawmakers host Ramadan iftar to break fast at Capitol

Muslim lawmakers host Ramadan iftar to break fast at Capitol
© Greg Nash

Three Muslim members of Congress hosted a historic iftar dinner on Monday to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and honor the contributions of the Muslim American community.

Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibLawmakers urge young women to run for office at DC conference Sanders proposes canceling .6 trillion in US student debt GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Sanders unveils student debt plan amid rivalry with Warren Sanders proposes canceling .6 trillion in US student debt MORE (D-Minn.) hosted the meal to break Monday's Ramadan fast, the first time Muslim lawmakers have hosted an iftar.

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Civil rights organization Muslim Advocates co-hosted the event.

Among the guests were Reps. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats give Trump trade chief high marks Hispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE (D-Md.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Bronx restaurants thank Ocasio-Cortez for her endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalSanders unveils student debt plan amid rivalry with Warren The Evergreen State and the soul of the Democratic Party Sanders proposes canceling .6 trillion in US student debt MORE (D-Wash.), Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinNegotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Schumer calls for delay on passage of defense bill amid Iran tensions MORE (D-Ill.) and Mayor Sadaf Jaffer of Montgomery Township, New Jersey.

Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill MORE (D-Calif.) was scheduled to attend but could not.

"This was a historic night. For the first time, three Muslim-American Members of Congress hosted an iftar in the United States Capitol during the holy month of Ramadan—joined by leaders of both Houses of Congress," Omar said in a statement.

"It was a reminder that we are a nation founded on religious liberty, where people seeking opportunity and a better life can find it, regardless of their faith. And it demonstrated that Muslim-Americans are a vital part of the American fabric, worthy of representation at our highest levels of government."

“It’s important to take a moment to recognize how historic this iftar is," Tlaib added. "My existence, along with the other dynamic Muslim members of Congress go beyond the lines of our districts, our presence challenges the narrative of who’s at the table and who deserves to have a voice in our government. This event lifts an entire community that has felt unseen for far too long."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE hosted his own iftar last week which some of the largest Muslim organizations in the country said they were not invited to.

The White House didn't release a guest list for the event.