Published: Saturday July 21, 2012 MYT 10:31:00 AM
Obama sends Ramadan greetings to Muslims worldwide
KUALA LUMPUR: United States President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle sent their warm Ramadan greetings to Muslims around the world, especially American Muslims.
Obama said this year Ramadan 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.
"The United States continues to stand with those who seek tha chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence, and to practice their faith freely," he said in a statement issued here Saturday by the US Embassy.
Obama said in US, Ramadan reminds them that Islam is part of the fabric of the nation, and that from public service to business, from healthcare and science to the arts, Muslim Americans help strengthen the country and enrich the American lives.
"Even as Ramadan 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.
"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 at the White House. Ramadan Kareem," he added. - Bernama