Ramadan: A Time for Unity

This week many Muslims around the world marked the start of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer.

To recognize the occasion, Secretary Kerry released a statement wishing Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan and underscoring the importance of the month. Secretary Kerry said, “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. 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.”

President Barack Obama also took the time to extend his best wishes to Muslims around the globe, and highlighted the important contributions of Muslim communities to our nation. The President said, “Here in the United States, we are blessed with Muslim communities as diverse as our nation itself. There are those whose heritage can 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.”

President Obama encouraged unity, recognizing the need to embrace of our common humanity as well as a steadfast dedication to peace and justice for all during this month of reflection. He also urged us all to keep the millions of people displaced by conflict and struggle across the world in our thoughts, noting, “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. This sacred time reminds us of our common obligations to uphold the dignity of every human being. We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are Muslim.”

President Obama reflected on how he has opened the doors of the White House to Muslim Americans during this special occasion throughout his Presidency. In keeping with tradition, President Obama noted that this year, for his Administration’s last celebration of Ramadan, he will host an Eid celebration marking the end of Ramadan and honoring the contributions of Muslims in America and across the world.

As 1.6 billion Muslims come together to focus on, compassion for those less fortunate and unity across our communities, the State Department as well as our U.S. embassies and consulates will also host Ramadan events around the world in recognition of these important values. We wish everyone a joyful Ramadan Kareem.

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A mosque is seen through festive lights for Ramadan.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a group of young women at the Salman Mosque in Djibouti, Djibouti, on May 6, 2015, as he prepares to have a conversation with local Islamic youth.
President Barack Obama greets students and guests after he delivers remarks to students at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque and Al-Rahmah School in Baltimore, Maryland, February 3, 2016. [Official White House Photo by Pete Souza]
Students perform a prayer on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, June 6, 2016. [AP Photo]
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