“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.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.