“I think a lot of people who work on Capitol Hill are familiar with Muslims but don’t know a lot about Islam,” he said. “There’s a curiosity factor.”
Carson has enjoyed past Congressional Ramadan events and was also a guest at the White House iftar dinner. The events “present an opportunity not only to broaden your palate,” he said with a laugh, “but really mix and mingle with other people and really listen to their story.”
Carson spends Ramadan focusing on personal purification and helping those in need.
“One of the principles of fasting is to really make one sensitive to the poor and less fortunate,” he said. “I think it does a lot for the ego.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.