“On Tuesday, June 20, a sizable group gathered in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. for an interfaith iftar on World Refugee Day.
Iftar is a traditional evening meal for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan—a time when the faithful fast from dawn to sunset every day.
The event was organized by Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian organization whose mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner.
During the dinner, Islamic Relief USA honored HIAS “for their tireless work assisting refugees and for standing up against the refugee ban in the court of law.”
Islamic Relief was one of the many organizations to join an interfaith amicus brief by religious organizations supporting HIAS’ litigation in opposition to the ban.
Anwar Khan, CEO of Islamic Relief USA, presented HIAS with his organization’s Courage Award.
“Welcoming immigrants, welcoming refugees. These are not ‘liberal values.’ These are traditional American values,” Khan said. He urged all those present to continue working together to make the world a better place.
HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield took the stage to accept the award on HIAS’ behalf.”
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