MEDIA ADVISORY: National Iftar Scheduled for April 22 with Muslim Members of Congress & Celebrities

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 22 at 7 PM ET, Muslim Advocates and Reps. André Carson (D-IN), Ihan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) will co-host the 2021 National Iftar. The virtual celebration is this year’s observance of the Congressional Iftar typically held at the U.S. Capitol. This year’s celebration will include appearances by Muslim Super Bowl champion Ryan Harris, actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi, talk show host Samantha Bee, The Big Short and Anchorman director Adam McKay, Muslim elected officials and musicians and more. A full listing of participants is below.

“The National Iftar is the nation’s premier Ramadan celebration where people of all backgrounds can join together,” said Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera. “This Ramadan, many American Muslims are still reeling from the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. This uplifting and inspiring evening will be where the community comes together to reflect on the past year and set the course for the future. It will be entertaining, inclusive, virtual and free to all. We invite Americans of all backgrounds to join us.”

WHEN: Thursday, April 22 at 7pm ET (call to prayer scheduled for 7:43 ET)

WHERE: Online at Register for a free ticket. 


  • Farhana Khera—executive director of Muslim Advocates
  • Congressman André Carson (D-IN)
  • Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
  • Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
  • Ryan Harris—Muslim Super Bowl champion and former player for the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, and Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Adam McKay—Academy Award-nominated film and television director and producer of The Big Short, Succession, Anchorman and more.
  • Aasif Mandvi—Muslim actor, comedian and Daily Show alumnus
  • Samantha Bee—comedian, Daily Show alumnus and host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Rep. Mauree Turner—first nonbinary state lawmaker and first Muslim elected to Oklahoma’s legislature
  • Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton—first Muslim elected to Delaware’s legislature
  • Rep. Christopher Benjamin—first Muslim elected to Florida’s legislature
  • Zainab Johnson—actress and comedian who draws on her childhood in a Muslim family
  • Naïmah—award-winning singer/songwriter
  • The Reminders—husband and wife musical duo
  • Sami Yusuf—British composer/vocalist
  • Omid Safi—professor of Asian and Middle East studies at Duke University
  • Imam Bilal Ansari—chaplain and director of campus engagement at Williams College


Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.