WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Monday offered his “best wishes” to Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan across the globe.
“For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion. 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,” Obama said in statement. “These bonds are far stronger than the differences that too often drive us apart.”
The president added that the month “reminds us that freedom, dignity and opportunity are the undeniable rights of all mankind,” subtly acknowledging the strife in Egypt and the Middle East.
He said that in the United States, 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 neighbors in need. “I have been honored 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.”