Muslim lawmakers host Ramadan iftar to break fast at Capitol

Muslim lawmakers host Ramadan iftar to break fast at Capitol
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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.

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Civil rights organization Muslim Advocates co-hosted the event.

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"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 TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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.