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2009 US Presidential Ramadan Greeting

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US President Barack Obama offers Ramadan Greetings (video)

Ramadan Kareem

Posted by Rashad Hussain, White House website/blog

As the new crescent moon ushers in Ramadan, the President extends his best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.

Each Ramadan, the ninth month on the lunar calendar, Muslims fast daily from dawn to sunset for 29 or 30 days. Fasting is a tradition in many religious faiths and is meant to increase spirituality, discipline, thankfulness, and consciousness of God's mercy. Ramadan is also a time of giving and reaching out to those less fortunate, and this summer, American Muslims have joined their fellow citizens in serving communities across the country. Over the course of the month, we will highlight the perspectives of various faiths on fasting and profile faith-based organizations making real impacts in American cities and towns.

This month is also a time of renewal and this marks the first Ramadan since the President outlined his vision for a new beginning between America and the Muslim world. As a part of that new beginning, the President emphasizes that our relationship with Muslim communities cannot be based on political and security concerns alone. True partnerships also require cooperation in all areas � particularly those that can make a positive difference in peoples� daily lives, including education, science and technology, health, and entrepreneurship - fields in which Muslim communities have helped play a pioneering role throughout history.

The President's message is part of an on-going dialogue with Muslim communities that began on inauguration day and has continued with his statement on Nowruz, during trips to Ankara and Cairo, and with interviews with media outlets such as Al Arabiya and Dawn TV.

As this dialogue continues and leads to concrete actions, the President extends his greetings on behalf of the American people. Ramadan Kareem.

UPDATE: September 19, 2009
Pres. Obama releases statement marking end of Ramadan/beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Eid-ul-Fitr Message (Video)

Click below or visit the White House blog for Translations of the President Obama's message:

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naeem khan from California, US
07:41 08/29/2011
it is a blessing to know that as a president you have reach across all borders
mohamed from Kentucky, US
08:00 09/10/2010
assalamo alaikom aid mobarak said
09:05 09/09/2010
Thank you Mr. president for the wonderful Idil=fitr message.I pray all dearing muslims will take part in bringing global peace to the world
Said Hajem from New York, US
19:56 09/08/2010
thank you Mr president. ramadan karim and Eid said.
lucinda smith from Massachusetts, US
13:52 09/08/2010
thanks President Barack Hussein Obabma. Keep reaching out!
Mohammad Rafi Yaqub
19:07 09/05/2010
Mr. President, Your message was perfect and timely. Definitley, your assurance to the Muslims world especially to the American Muslims was needed to be heard by them and join their forces with you to work for the dignity of mankind. Allah Bless you, Mohammad Rafi Yaqub
Sikandar rahman from Pakistan
13:25 08/29/2010
Asalam-o-alykum........ Mr President Obama thanks Your kindness speech about Ramadan Greeting for Muslim................ Ramadan is a Mercifull Month for humanity aswell for Muslim. this Month Is blessing for Us.............. I am a Muslim and happy for Ramadan Month! ''we are Proud for U'' I am very happy Your speech for Greeting Ramadan.............. God bless u Your famly & US People and Give u all cheer Of Life........... thanks
Sheikha Ibrahim from Kenya
09:04 08/29/2010
Shukran Mr.President May the Almighty Allah bless you and your family and the people of America.
12:26 08/26/2010
dear president Obama thank you for your attitude towards moslims you are the person who has the wisdom and gust to rull a big nation i respect you and trust you alot may .Allah bless you
kamel halimi from Algeria
06:24 08/24/2010
alahoma inaka afoun fa aafou ana

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