Ramadan has begun in different parts of the world, including the United States on Tuesday with US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden congratulating Muslims around the world on the holy month.
In a special statement, the U.S. president congratulated the Muslim community in the country on their participation as well as the difficulties faced by its members.
As the crescent moon ushers in the month, Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.— President Biden (@POTUS) April 13, 2021
"Jill and I send our warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Muslim community in the United States and around the world, Ramadan Kareem," the president said in a statement.
"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," he said.
"In this global epidemic, friends and loved ones are still unable to rejoice and gather, and many families will sit for Iftar without their lost loved ones," he said.
"Nevertheless, our Muslim community begins this month with renewed hope," he said.
Biden also spoke about how American Muslims have strengthened the United States since the founding of the country.
"They are as diverse and dynamic as they helped build America. Today, Muslims are at the forefront of our fight against Covid-19 and are playing a key role in vaccine development and as leading medical workers," he said.
"Muslims are creating jobs as entrepreneurs and business owners, risking their lives as front-line troops, teaching in our schools, and committed government employees across the country," the statement added. Are serving as leaders and playing a leading role in our ongoing struggle for racial equality and social justice. ”
The US president acknowledged that American Muslims are being targeted through bullying, bigotry and hate crimes.
“On my first day as President, I was proud to end the shameful Muslim travel ban, and I will continue to stand up for human rights everywhere, including for Uyghurs in China, Rohingya in Burma, and Muslim communities all over the world.”
He said that these prejudices and attacks are wrong, unacceptable and must be stopped, no American should live in fear because of his faith.
"My government will work tirelessly to protect the rights of all people," he added.
"As we remember those who have been lost since last Ramadan, we look forward to brighter days," he said.
The Holy Qur’an reminds us that “God is the light of the heavens and earth,” who leads us out of darkness to the light. Although our White House festivities will be held virtually this Ramadan, 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 thought.
"While our White House celebrations will be virtual this Ramadan, Jill and I are personally looking forward to celebrating the traditional White House holiday next year," the president concluded.