Posted by Yasmin Hussein on June 23, 2015 in Blog

White_House_Iftar_2015.jpgThe White House held its annual Iftar in celebration of Ramadan yesterday, June 22nd with over 100 Muslim and Arab community leaders, government officials, and young entrepreneurs in attendance.

This year’s Iftar celebrated the contributions made by leaders in the American Muslim community. A select few were highlighted in President Barack Obama's welcoming remarks, where he shared stories of how the work of the Arab and Muslim community has had a tremendous impact. One particular young Arab American woman highlighted was Batoul Abuharb, who was featured in AAI’s #IAmArabAmerican series for the astounding work she does in Middle East's healthcare industry. Born in Gaza, Batoul's organization, Dunia Health, uses a text messaging system that sends automatic reminders to patients regarding their upcoming vaccination and medical appointments. Batoul currently focuses her work in Amman, Jordan but hopes of expanding her efforts to become global.

This year's Iftar was a powerful acknowledgement of how young American Muslims are impacting many sectors of our global society for the better - from healthcare to education and cross cultural understanding.