Ambassador of Bahrain to Washington hosts Ramadan Iftar banquet, religious Bahrain co-existence & tolerance widely acclaimed
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States, Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa, hosted a breakfast banquet in Washington to mark the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.
Invited to the banquet were US Administration senior officials from the White House, Department of State, Department of Defence and Department of Homeland Security, in addition to the Congress, various think tanks, universities, companies and Non-governmental Organizations.
The Ambassador delivered a statement on the occasion in which he welcomed the guests and talked about what the holy month of Ramadan means to Muslims, noting that it is an opportunity for Muslims to increase charity and to obediently open their hearts to God and their homes to the people in need.
The Ambassador touched on the values of tolerance and co-existence prevailing in the Bahraini society, saying that different religious groups and sects not only live side by side, but experience a real coexistence in their daily lives between family and friends.
Three US prominent religious leaders of various divine religions spoke of coexistence and religious tolerance and praised the Kingdom of Bahrain for its experience of coexistence and religious tolerance that stands for a model in the region and the world.
They also extended thanks to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and lauded His Majesty's vision about ignorance being the enemy of peace and valued the generous care and attention he accords coexistence and tolerance, hailing in particular the “Bahrain Declaration Document” on Inter-faith Tolerance and Co-existence which was signed in Los Angeles last September.
At the end, the guests who hail from different faiths and sects lauded the prevalent values of tolerance and co-existence in Bahrain and thanked the ambassador for inviting them to a traditional Bahraini Iftar.
In his turn, Shaikh Abdullah thanked the guests for sharing with their Muslim brothers the Iftar banquet with all its religious import, wishing them Ramadan blessings.