Honorable Mayor of Houston Annise Parker has paid rich tributes to the organizing committee of “The Houston Iftar 2013”, which was headed by Saeed Sheikh, for hosting this annual event in the most superlative manner.
The Houston Iftar 2013 was hosted by Abu Dhabi, Baku, Istanbul, & Karachi Sister City Associations, along with the other sponsoring & collaborating organizations at the Bayou City Event Center such as: AL-Noor Institute of Islamic Sciences, AL-Iman Youth, Arab American Cultural & Community Center, American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI), Bangladesh Association Houston, Bilateral Arab Chamber of Commerce, Clear Lake Islamic Center, Council on American Islamic Relations Texas,, Houston Chapter (CAIR Texas), Dawoodi Bohra Masjid,Dialogue institute of the Southwest, Greater Houston Retailer Cooperative Association (GHRA), Hashoo Foundation, House of Charity, His Highness the Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States, Houston Shifa Services Foundation (HSSF), Ibn Sina Foundation,Indian Muslim Association of Greater Houston (IMAGH), Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Jamia Mecca Masjid-Beechnut, Makah, Masjid-Dairy Ashford, Muslim Council of USA, Pakistan Chamber of Commerce–USA (PCC-USA), Pakistani-American Council of Texas (PACT), Pakistani Association of Golden Triangle (PAGT), Pakistan American Society of Texas (PAST), Raindrop Turkish House, Risala Foundation, Rupani Foundation, Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), Sun Charity-USA, South Asian Chamber of Commerce, Texas Turkish Chamber of Commerce, Tayaba Masjid-Katy Texas, University of Karachi Alumni Association of Houston
Hon Mayor of Houston said it’s important for all communities and faith to come close & understand each other; and that this kind of mammoth events brings with it the real opportunity of understanding among varying citizens of this culturally diversified and harmonious city. Hon. Mayor Annise Parker lauded the services of Muslim Community calling it the rich fabric of Houston. She said this diversified Muslim Community has always been ready to come forward for help at the hours of needs. Ramadan is a time of renewal and fasting is the sacrifice of ones’ desires for the greater reward of God. She added that it is pleasing to see how the Muslim Community is fast becoming a strong factor in making the City strong and becoming the pride of all Houstonians.