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CAIR Urges Elected Officials and Media to Mark Start of Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan

(Washington, D.C., 4/9/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today encouraged elected officials and news media to mark the upcoming month long fast or Ramadan (rom-a-don), which begins on or about Monday, April 12.*

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast from dawn to sunset while engaging in additional acts of worship in the pursuit of God’s forgiveness. Ramadan is also a time of heightened spiritual awareness, family bonding, communal service, and self-renewal for Muslims everywhere.

Elected officials at the local, state and federal level are being encouraged to:

1) Introduce resolutions recognizing the commencement of Ramadan. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson annually introduces the U.S. House Resolution Recognizing the Commencement of Ramadan.

2) Issue statements on April 12 welcoming the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Statements could include a press release, tweet, social media post, or video welcoming the start of the month and wishing their Muslim constituents well. 

News media is also being encouraged to call local Muslim organizations for details about upcoming Ramadan activities. If there are no known contacts in a particular community, contact the nearest CAIR chapter. GO TO: https://www.cair.com/about_cair/cair-chapters/

About the Month of Ramadan:

Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and marital relations from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.  

The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about May 12.* 

[*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan. FIND THE NEAREST CAIR CHAPTER: https://www.cair.com/about_cair/cair-chapters/ ] 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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