Muslim British boxer Amir Khan will celebrate the Muslim festival Eid ul-Fitr, a three-day Muslim festival which marks the end of Ramadan, with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the White House.
According to a report by the Daily Mirror, the British boxer will fly to Washington to join a group of other Muslim invitees to the White House on his way back from pilgrimage to Mecca.
The 24 year-old British boxer was surprised by the invite, adding, "I am looking forward to it because she is such a powerful woman.”
The move to invite influential Muslims to the White House at Eid ul-Fitr is timely against the background of rumor-mongering fears in certain circles about foreign Muslim influence in the White House following the decision of the Obama government to renew contacts with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood which recently renounced violence.
Senior U.S. officials have attempted to douse rising fears of U.S. takeover by foreign Muslim radicals by explaining that the decision to renew contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood is informed by the practical considerations of changing political status quo in the Middle East and consequently the need by the U.S. government to maintain vital contacts to its long term interests.
Inviting Muslims to Ed ul-Fitr in the White House may be a way of saying that the White House is safe with Muslims.