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Mark Zuckerberg Shares Ramadan Iftar with Refugees

MINNEAPOLIS – Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, had his first ever Ramadan iftar on Thursday when he was hosted by a group of Somali refugees in Minneapolis, talking about life and faith.

“Tonight I had my first Iftar dinner with a group of Somali refugees in Minneapolis,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page, adding a picture of him with the family.

“As a refugee, you often don’t get to choose which country you end up in. When I asked one man, who had spent 26 years in a refugee camp, whether America now felt like home, he gave a simple and profound answer:

“‘Home is where you are free to do what you want. Yes, this feels like home.’

“There are few places in the world he felt comfortable to be who he is: the country he was born, and our country that values freedom.

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“What a beautiful tribute to America.

“Thanks to my hosts for being so gracious at the very end of Ramadan. I left impressed by your strength and resilience to build a new life in an unfamiliar place, and you are a powerful reminder of why this country is so great,” he concluded.


Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, started on Saturday, May 27, and concludes on Saturday, June 24.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.