Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to commemorate the start of the
Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins at sundown tonight:
“Ramadan is a time for prayer, fasting, inner reflection, and charity for the more than 1 billion Muslims around the world. As Muslims observe this holy month, it is also a time for all Americans to remember and celebrate the many contributions of Muslim Americans to our country.
“The observance of Ramadan reminds us that our country is an impressive mosaic of faiths and creeds, and that America's religious tolerance and diversity is one of our nation's greatest strengths. Our tradition of religious freedom allows for the free exercise of all faiths and the observance of Ramadan offers Americans a chance to deepen their understanding of the remarkable traditions of Islam.
“To those preparing to observe Ramadan, may you and your family be blessed. Ramadan Mubarak!”