Ford Motor Hosts Iftar Dinner

October 5, 2006

Source: The Arab American News

Ford Motor Company hosted its 6th annual Ramadan fast breaking Wednesday, an event attended by around 150 Muslim and non-Muslim guests.

The evening program took place in the Ford Credit building's cafeteria and was themed, "Ramadan: The Month of Forgiveness and Reconciliation."

Speakers included Mike Bannister, CEO of Ford Credit; Paul Nussbaum, Executive Vice President of Ford Credit; Dawud Walid, Executive Director for the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Michigan); and Ramzi Mohammad, a scientist and professor of cancer biology at Wayne State University (WSU).

The event began at 5:45 p.m. and was timed to end at sunset when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fasts. The program began with a reading from the Qur'an, after which Nussbaum came to the podium.

"Like all of the interfaith events at Ford, this gives us a chance to share in each other's community experiences. Ford has been extremely active in promoting such diversity events, not just for Muslims, but all religious groups," said Nussbaum.

"The Ford Interfaith Resource Network was created with the idea of respecting the dignity of all of the employees that we come in contact with and treating everyone with respect," noted Bannister.