SUNDAY REVELATIONS: 210’th anniversary of first Iftar in the White House



RAMADAN … 30 Years After The Declaration of American Independence

On Dec. 9, 1805, Jefferson invited  Sidi Soliman Mellimelli to dinner at  the White House. Mellimelli, a representative of Tunisia,  was a Mulim and could not eat during the fast of Ramadan.

Meal time was usually set at 3:30 p.m., but Jefferson moved it back to “precisely at sunset,” to accommodate the religious beliefs of his guest.

In 1765, Jefferson purchased a two-volume English translation of the Quran for his personal library, a collection that became, in 1815, the basis of the modern Library of Congress.

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