As Ramadan Comes to a Close, U.S. Wishes Muslims ‘Eid Mubarak’

As we approach the end of Ramadan, millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid-al-Fitr and the arrival of the new crescent moon. For many Muslims, Eid is an opportunity to reflect on the 30 days spent fasting and to recommit to values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity. President Barack Obama and Secretary John Kerry, today, joined the international community in sending warm greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the world.

President Obama released a statement underscoring the importance of this special occasion. He also emphasized the need for Americans to continue to embrace the diversity of our nation noting, “Eid celebrations around the country remind us of our proud history as a nation built by people of all backgrounds; our history of religious freedom and civil liberties, and our history of innovation and strength. These legacies would not be possible without the contributions of Muslim Americans that make our country even stronger.”

The President took the time to share condolences for the many innocent lives lost throughout the holy month. “This past month, our country and the world endured challenges and senseless violence that broke our hearts and tried our souls.  Our prayers are with the hundreds of innocent lives, many of them Muslim, taken during the month of Ramadan in places like Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Baghdad, and Medina,” he said. President Obama also addressed the rise in attacks against Muslim Americans, and recommitted to protecting Muslim Americans against bigotry and xenophobia, while celebrating the contributions of Muslim Americans around the country.

Similarly, in his statement recognizing Eid al-Fitr, Secretary John Kerry reflected on recent tragic events that have affected so many and remind us all of the need for greater understanding, respect, and tolerance for all people and religions.

Secretary Kerry said, “As diverse Muslim communities gather in celebration, they honor values of family, friendship, and charity that are shared among many religious traditions.  On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims continue the important work of aiding those in need, reflecting a spirit of compassion that offers hope for shared peace, dignity, and justice across the globe.”

On behalf of the United States, both President Obama and Secretary Kerry extended their best wishes to all Muslims during this special time and a blessed “Eid Mubarak.”

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Muslims gather for the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India.
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July 6, 2016

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