U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Raynor visited the Nejashi Mosque this week to learn more about the history of Muslims in Ethiopia, according to a statement sent to Dire Tube.
Following his trip, the Ambassador hosted an Iftar dinner for Islamic leaders, business professionals, NGO leaders, media representatives, and academics from the Addis Ababa Muslim community.
“when King Ahmed Nejashi welcomed Muslims fleeing persecution over 1,400 years ago, he set an important and enduring example of religious tolerance that the whole the world can learn from.” said the Ambassador when reflecting the importance of historical events, at the Nejashi Mosque.
At the Nejashi Mosque, Ambassador Raynor donated school supplies, shoes, and uniforms to 150 students in the spirit of values that are celebrated during Ramadan and that bind person of different faiths together –peace, justice, equality, and compassion.
“To all of us, and especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters, Ramadan is a beautiful time of reflection and devotion; a time to
celebrate faith and religious principles; and a chance to focus on charity, family, and community.” Ambassador Raynor addressed his guests at the Iftar dinner.
The tradition of holding Iftar dinners dates back over 200 years to the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson. The tradition continues today at U.S. embassies around the world, he added.