Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.
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.
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 blessings they enjoy—health, well-being, and life itself.
Muslim Americans have enriched our country since our founding. They are as diverse and vibrant as the America they have helped build. Today, Muslims are leading in our efforts to fight COVID-19, playing a pioneering role in vaccine development and serving as frontline health care workers. They are creating jobs as entrepreneurs and business owners, risking their lives as first responders, teaching in our schools, serving as dedicated public servants across the nation, and playing a leading role in our ongoing struggle for racial equity and social justice.
But still, Muslim Americans continue to be targeted by bullying, bigotry, and hate crimes. This prejudice and these attacks are wrong. 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.
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.
As we remember those who we have lost since last Ramadan, we are hopeful for brighter days ahead. 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.
Celebration of Ramadan
ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE
Today, I wish all Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed Ramadan.
Ramadan is a season of reflection, prayer, charity, fasting, and community.
Many Muslims at home and abroad will again celebrate this Ramadan differently through virtual gatherings and digital interaction due to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While we have seen tremendous loss this past year, we have also seen stories of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.
From essential workers to healthcare professionals, Muslims have been on the frontline united in service, faith, and shared humanity.
For all those who have sacrificed so much and continue to do so, we are in your debt.
With our embassies and consulates around the world, the Department of State is committed to strong relationships with Muslim communities around the world.
As the holy month of spiritual renewal begins, I wish all Muslims a Ramadan Mubarak.