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US president hosts Iftar dinner at White House

Islam has 'always been part of our American family' Obama says during dinner celebrating Ramadan

US president hosts Iftar dinner at White House
Three dozen foreign diplomats, two Muslim American members of Congress and some 9/11 families were among the guests invited to join president Barack Obama for what has become a White House tradition — an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan. The tradition began annually under president Bill Clinton and was continued by President George W Bush (Getty Images)
US president hosts Iftar dinner at White House
US president Barack Obama speaks during an Iftar dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House August 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
US president hosts Iftar dinner at White House
Obama said Ramadan was a time for reflection for Muslims and noted that this year it fell near the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks (Getty Images)
US president hosts Iftar dinner at White House
Mansura Shajahan (R) stands as US president Barack Obama acknowledges her as he hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, August 10, 2011. Shajahan's husband Mohammed Shajahan died in Tower One of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Her son Yusuf Shajahan (L) attended the dinner with her (AFP/Getty Images)
US president hosts Iftar dinner at White House
Mansura Shajahan, whose husband Mohammed Shajahan was killed during 9/11 at tower one of the World Trade Center, wipes tears as US President Barack Obama acknowledges Muslim 9/11 families during an Iftar dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House (Getty Images)
US president hosts Iftar dinner at White House
Huma Abedin (L), aide of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of former Rep Anthony Weiner (D-NY), talks with a guest during an Iftar dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House August 10, 2011 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)