US President Barack Obama has issued his annual message to American Muslims and Muslims around the world to congratulate them on the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, saying he stands firmly with them against dividing voices.
“As Muslim Americans celebrate the holy month, I am reminded that we are one American family,” he said in his statement issued by the White House.
“I stand firmly with Muslim American communities in rejection of the voices that seek to divide us or limit our religious freedoms or civil rights.
“I stand committed to safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans no matter their religion or appearance. I stand in celebration of our common humanity and dedication to peace and justice for all.”
Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
They dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.
Muslims in North America started fasting on Monday, June 6, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
The religious community make up 1% of America’s 322 million population, according to Pew Research center research in 2010.