Obama wishes Muslims a blessed Ramazan
22 July, 2012
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has greeted Muslims around the world on the advent of the holy month of Ramazan and expressed Washington's support for people of the Middle East and North Africa struggling for their democratic rights.
"This year, Ramazan holds special meaning for those citizens in the Middle East and North Africa who are courageously achieving democracy and self-determination and for those who are still struggling to achieve their universal rights," he said in a statement, released by the White House.
In the US, Obama noted, "Ramazan reminds us that Islam is part of the fabric of our nation, and that 'from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts' Muslim Americans help strengthen our country and enrich our lives."
"Even as Ramazan holds profound meaning for the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, it is also a reminder to people of all faiths of our common humanity and the commitment to justice, equality, and compassion shared by all great faiths," the US president said.
"In that spirit, I wish Muslims across America and around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House."
"On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world at the start of Ramazan. For Muslims, Ramazan is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection; a time of joy and celebration. It's a time to cherish family, friends, and neighbours, and to help those in need."
Cameron felicitates Muslims on Ramazan
British Prime Minister David Cameron, in his message to Muslims for Ramazan, highlighted the importance of charity and compassion during the holy month.
In his message on the start of the Ramazan, the British prime minister, while greeting the Muslims, said, "As the holy Islamic month of Ramazan begins, I want to take this opportunity to send my warmest wishes to Muslims in Britain and across the world."
The British prime minister said, "During this hugely important time of prayer and fasting, we are reminded of the importance of charity and compassion. These are values and traditions at the heart of Islam but shared by those of all faiths in Britain."
"At a time of great change and uncertainty across the world, I am proud of the role Britain plays on the international stage to help those less fortunate through our aid budget and work with our allies and friends. Our thoughts must be with those that have suffered the most this past year - particularly the Syrian people," he added. "So let me wish everyone peace, happiness and unity during this special time and say Ramazan Mubarak," said the British prime minister in his message.