and first lady marked the start of Ramadan on Monday, sending their “warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.”
“As many of our fellow Americans begin fasting tomorrow, we are reminded of how difficult this year has been. In this pandemic, friends and loved ones cannot yet gather together in celebration and congregation, and far too many families will sit down for iftar with loved ones missing,” the president and first lady said in a statement Monday.
Muslim people celebrating the annual holy month fast daily from sunrise to sundown.
The Bidens said in the message that “our Muslim communities begin the month of revelation with renewed hope.”
“Many will focus on increasing their consciousness of the presence of God in their lives, reaffirming their commitment to the service of others that their faith compels, and expressing gratitude for the blessings they enjoy—health, well-being, and life itself,” they said.
They added that White House festivities marking Ramadan will be held virtually this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but they will resume “the traditional White House Eid celebration in person next year, inshallah,” using the Arabic word for “God willing.”
The president and first lady also noted that “Muslim Americans continue to be targeted by bullying, bigotry, and hate crimes” across the country.
“This prejudice and these attacks are wrong. They are unacceptable. And they must stop. No one in America should ever live in fear of expressing his or her faith,” they said.
Biden vowed that his administration “will work tirelessly to protect the rights and safety of all people.”
He also touted that his administration ended the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban, which barred admissions into the country from several majority-Muslim nations, and vowed to “stand up for human rights everywhere, including for Uyghurs in China, Rohingya in Burma, and Muslim communities all over the world.”
There are three Muslim members of Congress, including Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), (D-Minn.) and (D-Mich.), who all shared messages marking Ramadan on social media on Monday.
#RamadanMubarak! As Muslims around the world embark on this holy month, let us recommit to our faith and to the good work we are called to do. Now more than ever, we must embrace peace, kindness, and charity towards all people. pic.twitter.com/AQOKFqZtU5
— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) April 12, 2021
As Ramadan starts, let’s reflect on the ways we can better ourselves and protect our communities against injustices, especially our Black brothers and sisters.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 12, 2021
To all my Muslim neighbors, I wish you a peaceful, healing, and transformative Ramadan. I hope this holy month allows us to embody our faith through acts of service for those in need.
Ramadan Kareem ☪️
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
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