By. Muhammad Nazarudin
Washington – U.S. President Barack Obama held a ceremony at the White House . The annual tradition iftar (Ramadan Dinner) every Ramadan was held in the State Dining Room, Wednesday (10 / 8).Obama expressed his gratitude towards the Muslim community who played a role in recovery after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.”I give tribute to our officers who dare, including thousands of American Muslims,” Obama said.
Obama also thanked the American Muslims who joined the military during the “10-year war that heavy.”On the occasion, Obama also expressed his gratitude to the U.S. Muslim soldiers who participated have served the country. One of them was Kareem Khan, who was killed in Iraq. “We Americans must realize that they are fighting to death,” Obama said.”American Muslims is the first to respond,” said Obama recalled the tragedy.
“Former police cadet who rushed to the scene to help, then died when the towers fell around him; firefighters to evacuate many of the victims to be saved; nurses who treated many victims; air force officer at the Pentagon who ran toward the flames to rescue the victim. “Obama underlined the role of American Muslims as firefighters, police, and anti-terror officers. “American Muslim citizens to help us to remain safe,” Obama said.
“On the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, we remember them as themselves, that American hero,” added Obama.
Ramadan dinner was attended by some 36 ambassadors of Muslim countries, including Indonesia’s Ambassador to the U.S., Dino Pati Djalal. Also in attendance figures of the U.S. Muslim community, members of Congress, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. special envoy to the Muslim community, Farah Pandith.In that event, the president also invited the guests invited to pray for the victims of 11 September 2001 attacks, some of which are Muslims.
The President also touched on the tragedy of attacks by Al Qaeda ten years ago. At that time, two planes hijacked by hardliners are deliberately flown into the twin towers. While one aircraft is directed at the Pentagon.
The tradition of breaking the fast or iftar, or is a tradition done every year in the White House. U.S. president Bill Clinton who became a pioneer , passed on by George W Bush and continues to Obama.