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On June 20, 2017 (26 Ramadan 1438 A.H. ), ISB partnered with Atlanta City Hall to host the first ever Ramadan Iftar for
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
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the City of Atlanta. This event was a continuation of a long standing American tradition that stems back to the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson.
On December 9, 1805, Thomas Jefferson hosted the first Muslim ambassador to the United States. Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, an envoy from the Beylik of Tanisa to allow the envoy time to observe his religious tradition. Many such as President Obama  and the Houston Chronicle  call this incident "the first Iftar dinner held at the White House"
In tune with the above mentioned tradition Atlanta's Mayor M. Kasim Reed, who is the 59th mayor of Atlanta reinstituted this long standing American tradition. Mayor Reed reminded the predominantly Muslim audience that events like this are the cornerstone of making Atlanta the international city it is. Through implementing programs of diversity Atlanta has taken it's place on the world stage as an international city, and is further enhanced in this regard.
Mayor Reed presents the Phoenix Award to Yusuf Khalifa During the Iftar 2017
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We thank our sister Soumaya Khalifa for her hard work in helping to make this event a reality, and all the workers of ISB. And a special thank goes to our mayor M. Kasim Reed for hosting this Iftar at City Hall of Atlanta.