2 Minnesotans join Obama at White House dinner to mark Ramadan


Two Minnesotans were invited to the White House's annual iftar dinner held in honor of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

Munira Khalif of Fridley and Kadra Mohamad of St. Paul (pictured above) attended the traditional iftar dinner, which follows daily fasting from dawn to sunset, The Associated Press reports.

President Barack Obama mentioned Khalif in his speech (watch the video above – 4 minute, 30 second mark). Khalif, who just graduated high school, has already lobbied Congress to pass the Girls Count Act so girls in the developing world are documented at birth.

Obama signed the bill into law last week.

"I was also not doing this at her age," Obama remarked.

Khalif, the daughter of Somali immigrants, was accepted into all eight Ivy League colleges and plans to attend Harvard.

Mohamad was the state's first Somali-American police officer. She works for the Metro Transit Police Department.

This year's dinner had a special focus on young leaders and women, the Star Tribune reports.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minneapolis, also attended the dinner – he was the first Muslim elected to U.S. Congress.

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