The Embassy of the United State (US) of America in Brunei Darussalam hosted an iftar (breaking of fast) with the US exchange programme alumni, colleagues from several government agencies, non-governmental organisation (NGOs) leaders as well as media representatives in Kiulap on Wednesday.
US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Public Affairs Officer Jeff Barrus shared that “In the US, it has become a tradition for the President to host an annual Iftar dinner at the White House.
It is an opportunity for the President to convey appreciation for the contribution of Muslim Americans”. He said that about 3.5 million Muslims in the US practice the religion in all 50 states.
The Iftar get-together with friends is an annual US Embassy tradition during the month of Ramadhan offering an opportunity to foster closer people-to-people ties through cultural exchange to build more awareness of US Embassy programmes and exchange opportunities of interest to Bruneians.
2019 Fulbright US ASEAN Visiting Scholar alumni, Dr Mohd Hilmy Baihaqy bin Haji Yussof led the prayer before breaking of fast.
A discussion about Brunei local culture, the significance of Ramadhan, and common practice for American Muslims took place among the guest.