He organized the dinner with an interfaith coalition of friends to create his own version of the White House iftar, and he is doing incredible work to empower the American Muslim narrative.We should be amplifying and investing in kids like Fez because we are in a political moment where our White House certainly hasn’t and probably won’t.
Furthermore, if this iftar were about engagement with the American Muslim community, American Muslim leaders would have been invited.
It was announced that the event would largely be foreign diplomats.
The word “Shahada” comes from the verb shahida, meaning “he testifies” or “he bears witness.” In reciting the Shahada, a Muslim bears witness that Allah is the only true god, and that Muhammad is Allah’s prophet.
The shortest form of the Shahada would be translated: The first part of the Shahada predates Islam.
In 2015, I had the distinct honor of attending the White House iftar, a dinner where Muslims break fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It was a magical experience, and I left never having felt prouder to be American, to be Muslim, to be an American Muslim.
Last night, President Donald Trump hosted a White House iftar.
I appeared on CNN yesterday to talk about all this and was asked if I would attend the White House iftar.
I would never have attended this iftar, not just as an American Muslim interested in the welfare of my own community, but as an American interested in the welfare of all communities. I wore @Little Miss Flint’s “Don’t Forget Flint” shirt — because as I mentioned on CNN, let’s not forget the real issues: Flint still doesn’t have clean water, up to 70 times more lives may have been lost in Puerto Rico (which is in the United States of America) than was originally reported, and ICE is tearing apart families.
Last night was a distraction, a show, and a mask — but let’s be clear: We see through it.
The Shahada (also spelled “Shahadah”) is the Islamic Creed, one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
These statistics suggest that Trump's politics could be hurting Muslim Americans. But Trump is hosting a dinner to “celebrate Muslims” perhaps as a defense, so he can come back with “I love the Muslims!