Obama wished Muslims ‘Ramadan Kareem.’
President Barack Obama of the United States and his wife, Michelle, on Tuesday urged Muslims across the world to use the month of Ramadan to promote peace, justice, and equity in their communities.
Mr. Obama gave the advice in a statement he made through US Consulate-General in Nigeria.
He advised Muslims to see the month as a period for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion to peace.
“With the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world.
“For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, the Ramadan is an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths.
“As Muslims, we should be committed to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings. These bonds are far stronger than the differences that too often drive us apart,” Mr. Obama said.
He reminded Muslims that freedom, dignity, and opportunities were undeniable rights of all persons.
“The United States stands with those who are working to build a world where all people can write their own future and practice their faith freely, without fear of violence.
“We wish Muslims across America and around the world, a month blessed with the joys of family, peace and understanding. Ramadan Kareem,” he said.
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