As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is nears its end, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had his first iftar dinner with Somali refugees in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“As a refugee, you often don't get to choose which country you end up in. When I asked one man, who had spent 26 years in a refugee camp, whether America now felt like home, he gave a simple and profound answer: ‘Home is where you are free to do what you want. Yes, this feels like home,’” said the Facebook founder.
He also thanked his hosts for being gracious and added that he was very impressed by their strength to build a new life in an unfamiliar place.
The post instantly went viral on Facebook, garnered thousands of likes and as of now has been shared 6,688 times.
People on social media lauded the CEO’s kind gesture.
“If everyone in the world had your believes ... the world would be a better place ....but In the mean time thank you for making us closer through Facebook,” said one commenter.
Another said, “You are amazing person mark (sic) :D . . just imagine if people have point of view like yours . to make world getting closer together will be so much easy:) .wait your daily activity post.”
“Mark, you're really trying to make the world a better place for us and I personally acknowledged that. You are a great man and your children will benefit from your good act,” said another.
Zuckerberg isn't the only big name to share an iftar meal with Muslims. Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made headlines when he broke fast with caucus members.
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