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Monday, February 25, 2008

Another First - 1996 Ramadan Celebrated in the White House - by Khalid Ahmed

Ahmed is president of the American Muslim Youth Congress. In 2007, he established the first United Arab Emirates Imam's Traing Program and Hajj Pilgrimage that included 13 American participants and one citizen of France.Peace, Curtis Sharif

AswadStone@aol.com wrote:

In 1996, I noticed that Jewish children were invited to the White House to commemorate Hanukkah. Similarly, I noticed that Christian children were invited for Easter Egg hunts and to light the national Christmas tree.

I noticed no program for Muslim children. I wrote several times to the White House and was invited to have the first commemoration/observation of Ramadan at the White House. It was indeed historic. Former First Lady hosted a delegation of Muslim youth and the program continued throughout the Clinton Administration.

The Bush Administration politicized it but inviting only ambassadors from Muslim nations in Washington, DC.

Khalid

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