US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today greeted the Muslim Ummah across the world including the United States on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. “As the new crescent moon brings in the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those observing the month of fasting in the United States and around the world,” he said in a message sent by US embassy here.
Obama said Ramadan is a time in which families and communities come together for ‘Iftars’ and prayers in festive gatherings that demonstrate the rich and diverse traditions of Muslim societies and cultures. It is also a deeply spiritual time of reflection and renewal meant to increase thankfulness and consciousness of God’s mercy, he added. The US President said Muslims honour each day of Ramadan as a day of patient endurance through fasting, and each night as a night of gratitude through prayers.
“It is a time to reinforce faith, compassion and forgiveness, and perseverance through adversity,” he said, adding that in this month of giving, Muslims around the globe reach out to assist those afflicted by conflict, hunger, poverty and disease. The diversity and patriotism of America’s religious communities give strength to all of us, and our freedom to worship reminds us of the values we share, the US President said, agencies report. .