First-Ever Iftar Hosted by NUSACC Attracts Over 150 Diplomats and Business Leaders
The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) held its first-ever Ramadan Iftar event honoring the Muslim and Arab community of the Greater Houston region. Over 150 Houstonians of multiple faiths and cultures came together to share the Iftar dinner at the Arab American Cultural Center in Houston.
Hon. Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge, spoke about community building and promoting international trade through events such as NUSACC’s Iftar dinner.
“Hosting such a diverse group of people and sharing a meal together highlights the diversity the City of Houston enjoys,” said Jamal Bafagih, Director of NUSACC’s office in Houston. “NUSACC places great importance on holding Iftar events around the country each year, to provide its members from both the U.S. and the MENA the opportunity to understand and know more about each other’s cultures, and to develop trust that helps form stronger business and economic partnerships.
Breaking the fast (Iftar) during Ramadan is a traditional event celebrated daily by more than a billion Muslims around the globe. Ramadan is a holy month of spiritual cleansing in which adherents of Islam rededicate themselves to God, worship, and reading the Quran, Islam’s holiest book. The month-long period is marked by fasting, personal sacrifice, self-discipline, and increased generosity, especially toward those who are less privileged.
David Hamod, NUSACC President & CEO, noted that the U.S.-Arab Chamber has served as a bridge between cultures for more than 40 years and that the Iftar dinner represents a unique way of bridging gaps between the United States and the Arab world. He said, “Ramadan’s commitment to adhering to a straight path – in a business context – translates into good ethics, corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, and respecting the rights of others, including minority shareholders.”