Governor Carney Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Woodburn

DOVER, Del. — Governor John Carney hosted 30 guests Tuesday night at a Ramadan Iftar dinner at Woodburn, including members of Delaware’s Muslim community and statewide elected officials.

The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan, which ends the evening of June 3 this year. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate.

“Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection when compassion and commitment to care for the most vulnerable among us is highlighted,” said Governor Carney. “I am proud and pleased to stand as a friend to the Muslim community of Delaware, which has strengthened our state in innumerable ways and given so much to others.”

Tuesday’s event was the fifth Iftar dinner hosted by a Governor of Delaware since 2015. In attendance were representatives from six Delaware mosques as well as Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall Long, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Attorney General Kathleen Jennings, Department of Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Robert Coupe, and Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi.

“Delaware’s Muslim community is appreciative that Governor Carney has continued with this tradition, and we are honored that he once again extended an invitation for us to join him at Woodburn for this celebration of faith,” said Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a professor at the University of Delaware and president of the Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs. “This event celebrates our state’s diverse population and sends a message that Delaware is welcoming to all people.”

“Ramadan is the most important month for Muslims in terms of their spiritual being. It’s a time to take a step back from our daily lives and focus on nourishing our souls,” said Imam Arqum Rashid, of the Islamic Society of Central Delaware. “This Iftar dinner gives us all an opportunity to start a conversation with one another to learn more about different cultures and religions and to get to know our neighbors. It reaffirms the fact that Delaware is an inclusive state and every resident who lives here is valued equally.”

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Governor Carney Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Woodburn

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney hosted 30 guests on Wednesday night at a Ramadan Iftar dinner at Woodburn, including members of Delaware’s Muslim community and statewide elected officials.

The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan, which ends the evening of June 14 this year. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate.

Iftar at Woodburn

“Ramadan heightens our compassion and commitment to care for the most vulnerable among us, in addition to the spiritual practice of fasting that underlies the holy month,” said Governor Carney. “I will always stand as a friend of Delaware’s strong and vibrant Muslim community, which has given so much to our state and strengthened it in many ways.”

Wednesday’s event was the second Iftar dinner hosted by Governor Carney, and the fourth Iftar dinner hosted by a governor of Delaware. In attendance were representatives from six Delaware mosques, as well as First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall Long, and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen.

“We welcome Governor Carney’s celebration of friendship by hosting his second Iftar dinner and welcoming us to Woodburn,” said Muhammed A. Niaz, chairman of the Islamic Academy of Delaware. “This historic home to Delaware’s governors is a fitting setting for reflection, conversation, and recommitting ourselves to helping others.”

“The Governor’s support for Delaware’s Muslim community during Ramadan is greatly appreciated,” said Usman Sandhu, president of the Islamic Society of Central Delaware. “We are pleased by our elected officials’ devotion to equality and diversity in our great state.”

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Governor Carney Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Woodburn

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney hosted 30 guests Wednesday evening at a Ramadan Iftar dinner at Woodburn, including members of Delaware’s Muslim community and statewide elected officials.

The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan, which ends the evening of June 24 this year. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate.

Governor Carney speaks to attendees at the Iftar dinner.
Governor Carney speaks to attendees at the Iftar dinner.

“In addition to the spiritual grounding of fasting, I have been impressed by Ramadan’s additional purpose of enhancing our compassion toward one another and heightening our awareness of those among us who are most in need – a powerful recommitment to caring for the poor and vulnerable,” said Governor Carney. “I am proud and pleased to stand as a friend to the Muslim community of Delaware, which has strengthened our state in innumerable ways and given so much to others.”

Wednesday’s event was the third Iftar dinner hosted by a governor of Delaware, renewing the tradition begun by Governor Jack Markell in 2015. In attendance were representatives from five Delaware mosques, as well as U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi.

Governor Carney recently named Irfan Patel, chair of interfaith relations of the Islamic Society of Delaware, to the Governor’s Council of Faith-Based Partnerships. The Council works to create partnerships between faith-based organizations and state government.

“We appreciate Governor Carney’s commitment to friendship by hosting this Iftar dinner and joining us during Ramadan,” said Patel. “This support for Delaware Muslims is a welcome symbol of our elected officials’ dedication to diversity and equality in our state.”

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Governor Markell Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Woodburn

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Becomes first Delaware Governor to celebrate Muslim holiday by hosting an Iftar

Dover, DE – Last night, Governor Jack Markell was joined by Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen and Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi, along with more than two dozen guests representing mosques from across Delaware, for a Ramadan Iftar dinner at Woodburn.RamadanIftarDinner

The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate.

“The diversity of Delawareans has always been a source of great pride and strength,” said Governor Markell. “This Iftar dinner celebrates that diversity while recognizing the Muslim community in Delaware, which has given so much to the state and the region through a spirit of kindness and compassion as well as through a commitment to serving all of those in need.”

Governor Markell is the first Governor of Delaware to host such an event, which he hopes becomes an annual event at Woodburn following his term in office – a sentiment shared by those in attendance last night.

“We were excited to take part in the first Governor’s hosted Ramadan Iftar, this initiative shows the continued efforts by Governor Markell to be inclusive and supportive,” added Usman Sandhu, President of the Islamic Society Of Central Delaware. “We hope that this initiative will set a trend that will continue beyond the Markell administration.”

Governor Markell has long celebrated diversity in the first state. In 2012, he created the Governor’s Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships. The council fosters the opportunity for leaders of different faiths to meet and work together in order to ensure community needs.

“We admire Governor Markell’s initiative to sponsor this Ramadan Iftar,” said Qamar Ahmad, Board President of Masjid Ibrahim, who attended the Iftar dinner. “We are blessed in Delaware for having accessible elected officials.
Actions like this one will enhance feelings of equality, fairness, and inclusiveness in Muslims and will boost their integration into the general population for a stronger unified Delaware.”

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