World Leaders Welcome Ramadan with Warm Wishes
World leaders have sent special greetings to the Muslim community who begin observing the holy month of Ramadan on Monday and Tuesday, wishing their community a peaceful and blessed holy month, The Express Tribune reported.
“I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan,” United States President Donald Trump said in his message released by the White House.
Trump reflected on the significance of the holy month for Muslims, in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
He also commended the spirit of unity in the holy month.
“Throughout this month, we all have an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we have been given and to work toward greater fellowship with one another. Together, in the spirit of Ramadan, we can achieve a more harmonious and respectful society,” he said.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May also wished the Muslim community in a special message on Twitter.
“Ramadan represents the universal values of peace, reflection, devotion and charity. To all Muslims in the UK and across the world: Ramadan Kareem.” – PM @Theresa_May #RamadanMubarak pic.twitter.com/4eqXJH9ntU
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 5, 2019
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also shared a warm message to Muslims, praising the community’s efforts.
As #Ramadan begins, I would like to wish Muslims in our country and around the world #RamadanMubarak. pic.twitter.com/ahwnbNARtj
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 5, 2019
London mayor, Sadiq Khan, also sent a warm message to Muslims on Ramadan, the month of charity.
Ramadan is a time for charity, reflection and community. I’m looking forward to breaking my fast with Londoners of all faiths and backgrounds throughout the month ahead.
To everyone in London and around the world beginning the holy month of fasting – #RamadanMubarak pic.twitter.com/AcDIsDoFcw
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 5, 2019
In his video message, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Ramadan honors the values at the heart of Islam – like compassion and service to others.”
Wishing a blessed and peaceful #Ramadan to Muslims in Canada and around the world. Ramadan Mubarak! https://t.co/cEetAcwbTx pic.twitter.com/FmOLCRctxY
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 5, 2019
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also sent wishes to the Muslim community living Down Under.
Wishing our Australian Muslim community a blessed and peaceful holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) May 5, 2019
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also issued a message highlighting the core values of the holy month.
#Ramadan Mubarak to everyone celebrating – may its core values of compassion, forgiveness, mercy and grace continue to inspire us all.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 5, 2019
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint, and good deeds.
Muslims in North America and the UK started fasting on Monday, May 6, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
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