My name is Fez Zafar, and I am an American Muslim high school student living in Des Moines, Iowa. As a citizen of this great nation built on diversity, I am faced with growing concerns that our country is becoming less united and more divisive.
Now is the time to take action and bring Americans together. It is time to come together, regardless of our ethnic, religious and cultural differences, and be united as one. The purpose of the dinner is to embark on a movement of national and global tolerance and understanding.
It is a grassroots symbol of Americans’ continued commitment to the belief that what unites us is greater than what divides us.
Imagine a dinner table, with each seat hosting a representative of a different religion or ethnic group – a meal for harmony and humanity with peaceful discussion and discourse among diverse people. Introducing: the American Iftar Dinner.
On June 7, 2018, I welcome and invite Americans across the country to host their own dinner, invite ethnically and culturally diverse guests, and, in their own way, promote a unified existence.
At a time of global turmoil and intolerance, a movement like this is vital now more than ever. Our nation needs this wake-up call in order to realize that our diversity is what makes this country so great.
I look forward to embarking on this journey with you, as we spread this message far and beyond, from sea to shining sea.