Obama greets Muslims on the start of Holy Month of Ramadan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US President Barack Obama has greeted Muslim across the world on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan and said that he stands committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance.
“As Muslim Americans celebrate the holy month, I am reminded that we are one American family. I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights,” Obama said in a statement issued on Sunday on the occasion of Ramadan.
Obama said he stood committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance. “I stand in celebration of our common humanity and dedication to peace and justice for all,” he said.
In this month of reflection, one cannot forget the millions of lives that have been displaced by conflict and struggle, across the world and in own backyards, he said.
“Far too many Muslims may not be able to observe Ramadan from the comfort of their own homes this year or afford to celebrate Eid with their children. We must continue working together to alleviate the suffering of these individuals,” Obama said.
The US president said, the sacred time reminded of our common obligations to uphold the dignity of every human being. “We would continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim,” said the US President.
Extending his best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world, Obama said for many, this month was an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities.
“Each lesson is profound on its own, and taken together forms a harmonious whole. It’s also a time of year that brings some of the best dishes to the table across the world as families and neighbors gather for iftar,” he said.
“Here in the United States, we are blessed with Muslim communities as diverse as our nation itself,” Obama said.
There were those whose heritage could be traced back to the very beginning of our nation, as well as those who have only just arrived. Doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers, scientists, community organizers, public servants, and military members, each night will all break their fasts together in cities across America, said the US President.
The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in a statement also wished Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan.
“Ramadan is a cherished month in Islam. It is a sacred period of prayer and fasting, offering hospitality, and remembering those who are less fortunate,” he said.
“Through our embassies and consulates around the world, we recognize these important values through Ramadan events, which demonstrate our commitment to promoting social cohesion, diversity, and welcome within our communities,” he said.
“During this month of peace and renewal, we wish the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world a joyful Ramadan Kareem,” Kerry said.
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