Press Trust of India
WASHINGTON, 9 JULY: Greeting Muslims on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, US President Barack Obama today said this month reminds that freedom, dignity and opportunity are the undeniable rights of all mankind.
“For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion,” Mr Obama said in a statement issued on the eve of Ramadan.
“It is also an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths; a commitment to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings. These bonds are far stronger than the differences that too often drive us apart,” he said.
“This month also reminds us that freedom, dignity and opportunity are the undeniable rights of all mankind. We reflect on these universal values at a time when many citizens across the Middle East and North Africa continue to strive for these basic rights and as millions of refugees mark Ramadan far from their homes,” Mr Obama said.
The US stands with those who are working to build a world where all people can write their own future and practice their faith freely, without fear of violence, said Mr Obama, as he along with the First Lady extend the best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world.
The fasting month would begin from tomorrow in US as the moon marking the beginning of the Ramadan was not sighted anywhere in the world yesterday.
“In the US, Ramadan is a reminder that millions of Muslim Americans enrich our nation each day-serving in our government, leading scientific breakthroughs, generating jobs and caring for our neighbours in need,” he said.
“I have been honoured to host an iftar dinner at the White House each of the past four years, and this year I look forward to welcoming Muslim Americans who are contributing to our country as entrepreneurs, activists and artists,” he said.
“I wish Muslims across America and around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace and understanding. Ramadan Kareem,” Mr Obama said.