ROGERS PARK — A Muslim leader from Rogers Park has been invited by President Barack Obama to the annual dinner marking Ramadan at the White House.
Abrar Quader, of Compassionate Care Network, a group that gives medical screenings to at-risk groups, is one of the Muslim leaders from across the country who received an invite to an official White House reception. The dinner Thursday commemorates Ramadan.
Quader, an attorney and the director of Government and Community Partnerships for the Compassionate Care Network, said the meeting showcases the contributions Muslims have made to American society.
"I believe it is also important to use opportunities like this to inform our nation's leaders what regular everyday folks across America are going through, so they know the real impact of their decisions, and how better to help," Quader said. "When I go to the White House I will share the stories of people who's voices are often not heard."
Quader told DNAinfo that the invitation to the White House from Obama showed that everyone was a stakeholder in moving the country forward.
"These are all issues American Muslims feel strongly about just as all Americans do," Quader said. "I think it's the contributions of all Americans who do good work. This Ramadan we celebrated the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, who showed the world that there is no contradiction between the values of America and the principles of Islam.”
Compassionate Care Network, which was founded in Albany Park in 2001, consists of more than 200 doctors who provide weekly preventative screenings for low-income families and immigrant communities regardless of income and immigration status.
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