US President Joe Biden greets Muslims on Ramzan
US President Joe Biden greeted the Muslims in the US and across the world on the occasion of Ramzan and lauded the contributions of the minority community in forming a diverse and vibrant America.
“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,” Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement on Monday.
“Yet 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 blessing they enjoy,” he said.
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Observing that Muslim Americans have enriched the country since its founding, Biden said that they are as diverse and vibrant as America that they have built.
Addressing the fact that Muslim Americans continue to be targets of bullying, bigotry and hate crimes, Biden said, “They are unacceptable. And they must stop. No one in America should ever live in fear of expressing his or her faith. And my administration will work tirelessly to protect the rights and safety of all people.”
“As we remember those we have lost since last Ramzan, we are hopeful for brighter days ahead… Although the White House festivities will be held virtually this Ramzan, Jill and I look forward to resuming the traditional White House Eid celebration in person next year, Inshallah. We wish your families an inspiring and rewarding month,” he said.
(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)