Annual White House Iftar ceremony was held today on June 24th. In the annual Iftar ceremony in the White House, president Obama thanked all the American Muslims across the country for their inspiration. “Our annual White House Iftar recognizes the sacredness of Ramadan to more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. It’s a time when Muslims recommit themselves to their faith, following days of discipline with nights of gratitude for the gifts that God bestows. It’s a time of spiritual renewal and a reminder of one’s duty to our fellow man — to serve one another and lift up the less fortunate,” he said. “The Quran teaches that God’s children should tread gently upon the earth and, when confronted by ignorance, reply “peace.” In honoring these familiar values together — of peace and charity and forgiveness — we affirm that, whatever our faith, we’re all one family,” he also added. Obama declared Iftar a reminder of the freedoms that bind us together as Americans, including the freedom of religion — that inviolable right to practice our faiths freely. He also honoured his Muslim guests by name and thanked them for coming. “May God bless you all, Have a wonderful Ramadan,” he finally said.