Congressional officials, civil society join IAMC celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, Indian Muslim Heritage on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. (May 4, 2023) – Dozens of officials from US Congress from offices of several members of Congress joined the first-ever Eid-ul-Fitr celebration hosted by Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) on Capitol Hill last week.
Over 100 Congressional staffers, civil society organizations, rights activists, and representatives of the Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Jewish communities attended.
The event also commemorated the rich history of Indian Muslim heritage. A short documentary showcasing the cultural, historical, and political contributions of Muslims in India— from rich Indian Muslim history to its role in the freedom struggle – was also shown during the event.
The celebration concluded with a Friday congregational prayer, or jummah, led by Imam Mohammed Adam on Capitol Hill.
“We are thrilled to witness the large turnout for IAMC’s first-ever Eid celebration on Capitol Hill,” said Rasheed Ahmed, IAMC Executive Director. “As an organization that upholds pluralism and tolerance, it’s heartening to see people from all faith and non-faith backgrounds come together to celebrate with us.”
During the celebration, Mohammad Jawad, IAMC President, emphasized the beauty of Indian Muslim heritage, contributions, and achievements. He called upon the world to recognize and appreciate these contributions.
The IAMC is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. It is dedicated to promoting peace, tolerance, and diversity in India and the United States. Through events like this, the organization hopes to create a better understanding and appreciation of the Indian Muslim community and its contributions to society.