Bronx Borough Honors Community Leaders at Ramadan Break Fast

The Borough of Bronx on Thursday, July 25 honored some leaders in the Islamic community in the Borough at a Ramadan breakfast.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. recognized the contributions made by the Islamic community in the borough in general and the individual honorees in particular in the borough. He acknowledged the presence of other religious leaders and his father, State Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Sr. The honorees included Dr. Hamud Al-Silwi, Ramatu Ahmed and the New Settlement Apartments led by their Executive Director Jack Doyle.

Ramatu Ahmed in her acceptance speech said that the award would greatly motivate her to do more. She applauded the diversity in the borough and acknowledged the presence of other religious leaders from the Christian community stating, “Our diversity defines and strengthen us. We are one people thriving to reach a common goal. Our differences do matter, but our unity is pivotal in our faith.” Ms. Ahmed who was described by the borough president as a busy person because of the enormity of her civic responsibilities recalled that she was among those who started the first Iftar dinners which was later embraced by the borough hall. The event has now become an institution, she said.

Ramatu praised Borough President Diaz for his interest in the African and Islamic communities in the Bronx. She referred to the part the president played in organizing the soccer tournaments in the African community. “The soccer tournament is a testament to your leadership and your enthusiasm giving the community you serve equal opportunity. “We acknowledge the support that you give us; we are getting our share of the pie.”

The event which was emceed by Elhizeh Hydara of the Islamic Center included a performance by the children of the Islamic Center and recitations from the Koran. Also in attendance were City Council woman Vannessa Gibson, Candidates for City Council positions including Dr. Bola Omotosho for the 16th District and Letitia “Tish” James for Public Advocate.

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