"Our annual White House Iftar recognizes the sacredness of Ramadan to more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. It's a time when Muslims recommit themselves to their faith following days of discipline with nights of gratitude for the gifts that God bestows."
3. Various of guests at White House Iftar dinner
4. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:
"In honoring these familiar values together, peace and charity and forgiveness, we affirm that whatever our faith, we're all one family."
5. Various of guests at White House Iftar dinner
6. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama
"Iftar is also a reminder of the freedoms that bind us together as Americans, including the freedom of religion, that inviable right to practice our faiths freely. That's what Samantha Elauf represents. She was determined to defend the right to wear a Hijab, to have the same opportunities as everybody else. She went all the way to the Supreme Court, which I didn't do at her age, and she won so Samantha, we're very proud of you."
7. Various of guests at White House Iftar dinner
8. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama
"Tonight we keep in our prayers those who are suffering around the world, including those marking Ramadan in areas of conflict and deprivation and hunger."
9. Obama walking off state, shaking hands with guests
President Barack Obama recounted hateful acts against Muslims and blacks on Monday as he marked Islam's holy month of Ramadan (RAH'-mah-dahn).
Obama opened the White House to Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar dinner, which follows daily fasting from dawn to sunset. Ramadan ends with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr (ayd ahl-FIH'-tur).
He recognized several young dinner guests, including Samantha Elauf, who went to the Supreme Court to defend her right to wear a headscarf, or hijab. She was 17 in 2008 when she did not get hired after she wore her hijab to interview for a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in a shopping mall in Tulsa, Oklahoma.