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2011 US Presidential Ramadan Greeting

US Presidential Seal

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
August 01, 2011

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan 1432 (2011)

As Ramadan begins, Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world. Ramadan is a festive time that is anticipated for months by Muslims everywhere. Families and communities share the happiness of gathering together for iftar and prayers. Bazaars light up the night in many cities from Rabat to Jakarta. And here in the United States, Muslim Americans share Ramadan traditions with their neighbors, fellow students, and co-workers.

For so many Muslims around the world, Ramadan is also a time of deep reflection and sacrifice. As in other faiths, fasting is used to increase spirituality, discipline, and consciousness of God's mercy. It is also a reminder of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate. The heartbreaking accounts of lost lives and the images of families and children in Somalia and the Horn of Africa struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and compel us to act. Now is the time for nations and peoples to come together to avert an even worse catastrophe by offering support and assistance to on-going relief efforts.

Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam -- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. In that spirit, I wish Muslims around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House.

Ramadan Kareem.

(Video) Remarks by the President during Iftar Dinner (Ramadan 1432 /2011)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offers Ramadan Greetings (2011)

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comadug coy mangondato from Philippines
05:35 08/31/2011
Al hamdulillah, hope president of united states always extend message and greetings every ramadhan. It is highly appreciated.
zamsari masrin from Malaysia
04:12 08/24/2011
i hope ramadhan will be longer then other month..
08:13 08/21/2011
that' was great
Mohammed Imdad from India
05:26 08/17/2011
Thank you.... for greeting us on behalf of Ramadan....!!
Kashif from Florida, US
13:03 08/08/2011
Alhamdullilah Ramadhan is upon us. This is truly my favorite time of year. The blessings that are poured down within this month are countless. My sincere du'a is for all of humanity to embrace Islam. Ramadhan Kareem
Kamaruddin Ahmed from India
00:09 08/05/2011
The world would be a wonderful place to live in if only people would try to understand Islam sincerely. Ramadaan Mubarak to one & all.

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