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President Obama Delivers Ramadan Message


08 21 09

 

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President Obama extends his best wishes to Muslims around the world during Ramadan.

This morning, President Barack Obama posted a video message to Muslims in America and across the world, welcoming the month of Ramadan. The full transcript is as follows:


On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.


Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with a simple word – iqra. It is therefore a time when Muslims reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another and to God.


Like many people of different faiths who have seen Ramadan through our communities and families, I know this to be a festive time – a time when families gather and meals are shared. But I also know that Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and perform tarawih prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Koran over the course of the month.


These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.


For instance, fasting is a concept shared by many faiths – including my own Christian faith – as a way to bring people closer to God and to those among us who cannot take their next meal for granted. And the support that Muslims provide to others recalls our responsibility to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere, for all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts and our own communities.


This summer, people across America have served in their communities – educating children, caring for the sick, and extending a hand to those who have fallen on hard times. Faith-based organizations, including many Islamic organizations, have been at the forefront in participating in this summer of service. And in these challenging times, this is a spirit of responsibility that we must sustain in the months and years to come.


Beyond America’s borders, we’re also committed to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more peaceful and secure. That’s why we are responsibly ending the war in Iraq. That’s why we are isolating violent extremists while empowering the people in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. And that is why we strongly and actively support a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. That’s also why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people to speak their mind, practice their religion, contribute fully to society and to have confidence in the rule of law.


All of these efforts are a part of America’s commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect. And at this time of renewal, I want to reiterate my commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the world.


As I said in Cairo, this new beginning must be borne out in a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground. I believe an important part of this is listening, and in the last two months, American embassies around the world have reached out not just to governments, but directly to people in Muslim-majority countries.


And from around the world we have received an outpouring of feedback about how America can be a partner on behalf of peoples’ aspirations. We have listened. And like you, we are focused on pursuing concrete actions that will make a difference over time – both in terms of the political and security issues that I have discussed, and in the areas that you have told us will make the most difference in peoples’ lives.


These consultations are helping us implement the partnerships that I called for in Cairo – to expand education exchange programs; to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs; and to increase collaboration on science and technology, while supporting literacy and vocational learning. We are also moving forward in partnering with the OIC and the OIC member states to eradicate polio, while working closely with the international community to confront common health challenges like H1N1 – which I know is of particular to concern to many Muslims preparing for the Hajj.


All of these efforts are aimed at advancing our common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities and our faith. It will take time and patient effort. We cannot change things over night, but we can honestly resolve to do what must be done, while setting off in a new direction – toward the destination that we seek for ourselves and for our children. That is the journey that we must travel together.


I look forward to continuing this critically important dialogue and turning it into action. And today I want to wish Muslims across America and around the world a blessed month as you welcome the beginning of Ramadan. May God’s peace be upon you.


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  • Haris

    Ameen Mr. President, Ameen. If only we can have more leaders such as your self because some times simple worlds can make a world of difference.

  • khan

    It is a good start. He is a good speaker, no doubt, He brings/quotes some lines from Quran/Hadeeth in some of his speeches, which is good. Good speeches with good actions are needed.

    The Judaism,Christianity & Islam are from Abraham and His progeny(1-Father & 3 faiths).Islam is total submission to ONE GOD-Monoaethism, that all prophets did(from Adam to Muhammad (pbut).

  • LuLu

    !!! i love this guy! he makes me proud to call myself an american.
    God Bless you Mr. Obama. and may you carry this country into peace, prosperity and success inshallah. May Allah guide him to the true path in this blessed month of ramadan. And May Allah guide every one and put the lights in their heart so that they may see the beauty of Islam. Ameen ya rab al alameen.

  • Cheryl

    Thank you President Obama. Finally an honest and reasonable portrayal by a Western leader of Muslims in the world today. As the Dalai Lama has said many times – we are all people with the same needs and desires for happiness and a good life. I look forward to a future of greater understanding and communication between East and West. As a Christian fasting for Ramadan I am “being the change I want to see in the world.”

  • Bob Hayes

    I agree with the President’s message
    and hope that good people of faith
    of all religions will work for peace
    and plenty for all thourghout the earth.

  • Hasan

    Wow! How does he know so much about Islam? I think its very cool and its even better to hear him graduate us!

  • Anzul

    It’s always good to start with profound words, as this is how we want to begin our speech. I pray to God Almighty that he provide all world leaders with a heart, the passion of which may bring people together for peace, security and tolerance and with a tongue the truth of which may be submitted at all times. Aameen

  • Farah786

    Yep, his little people behind him did their work thoroughly enough, because he certainly came across as though he knew a great deal about Islam…..however, I understand that his father was a Muslim and married a Christian woman and a Muslim woman, and that Obama was born from his Christian mother……so perhaps that is why he knows so much too…. :-)

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