US President Joe Biden delivers a speech at a reception to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the White House. Last year’s White House Eid celebration was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The said reception was also attended by Brooklyn-based Grammy winning Pakistani artist, Arooj Aftab.
Aftab also spoke at the event. On Monday afternoon, Aftab spoke alongside US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House celebration of Eidal Fitr.
During her speaking portion, the Grammy-winning performer, who was born in Pakistan, read The Promise by Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi mystic and poet. Posting the moment to Instagram, Aftab jokingly captioned, “I am the president now.” Watch Aftab speak here:
US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden congratulated Muslims worldwide on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramazan.
The first day of Eid falls on Monday for most Muslim-majority nations.
“As Muslims in the United States and around the world conclude the month of Ramazan and celebrate Eidul Fitr, Jill and I extend our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating this joyous occasion,” said Biden in a statement.