ISLAMABAD: The US President Barak Obama has extended best wishes to the Muslims around the world at the start of the sacred month of Ramadan.
He said the month also reminds that freedom, dignity and opportunity were the undeniable rights of all mankind,” the message by the President and the US first lady Michelle Obama said.
“We reflect on these universal values at a time when many citizens across the Middle East and North Africa continue to strive for these basic rights and as millions of refugees mark Ramadan far from their homes.”
He said the United States stands with those who were working to build a world where all people can write their own future and practice their faith freely, without fear of violence.
“For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion.
He said it was also an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths – a commitment 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,” the US President pointed.
President Obama said in the United States, Ramadan was a reminder that millions of Muslim Americans enrich the lives of their nation each day-serving in the US government, leading scientific breakthroughs, generating jobs and caring for the neighbors in need.
The US President who has been hosting an iftar dinner at the White House over past four years, said he looks forward to welcoming Muslim Americans who were contributing to the United States of America as entrepreneurs, activists and artists.
“I wish Muslims across America and around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace and understanding Ramadan Kareem,” the President said.