July 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Washington DC celebrated the traditional Iftar on Friday, July 10th. The event was attended by a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan-American Muslim community, representatives from the State Department and other Sri Lankan community leaders.

In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said, “The idea of Iftar is sharing and to let those fasting know that we have a physical space where we get together, greet each other, share food, build relationships and strengthen already existing bonds. It also provides the all important spiritual space, which helps reflect on who we are, why we are here and what we should do to advance humanity.” Observing the role that the Muslim community has played in the modern history of Sri Lanka, to safeguard the unity, sovereignty and the integrity of the country, Ambassador Kariyawasam said the event highlights Sri Lanka’s multiethnic and multicultural nature. The Embassy Iftar celebration provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan-Americans to commit to support their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka in their efforts to achieve unity and reconciliation among communities. Sri Lankans must achieve sustainable peace and harmony in order to ensure that mistakes of the past that led to communal discord are never repeated.

Dr. Abdullah Khouj, Director of the Washington Islamic Center led the Iftar prayers and blessed the country, the President and the people of Sri Lanka. He recalled the significance of Ramadan and how it contributes to self-development and global peace. Referring to recent developments in Sri Lanka, he said that the country is a model for other countries.

The breaking of the fast and prayers were followed by a Reception.