Obama urges int’l community, Muslims not to forget refugees in Ramzan

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ISLAMABAD, June 7 (APP): US President Barack Obama Tuesday expressed his best wishes for Muslims in the United States and across the world on start of the holy month of Ramzan and urged them to remember the displaced persona on this occasion.

“And in this month of reflection, we cannot forget the millions of lives that have been displaced by conflict and struggle, across the world and in our own backyards. Far too many Muslims may not be able to observe Ramzan from the comfort of their own homes this year or afford to celebrate Eid with their children,” he said in his message on the occasion of start of Ramzan in some parts of the world on Monday and in some on Tuesday, according to the US Embassy here.

Obama called for working together to alleviate the suffering of these
individuals. “This sacred time reminds us of our common obligations to uphold the dignity of every human being. We will continue to welcome immigrants and refugees into our nation, including those who are
Muslim.”

He said as Muslim Americans celebrated the holy month, it reminded him of that “we are one American family.”

“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.”

“As I have done throughout my presidency, I look forward to opening
the doors of the White House to Muslim Americans during this special occasion – this year for an Eid celebration marking the end of Ramzan. I can think of no better way to mark my Administration’s last celebration of Ramzan as President than to honor the contributions of Muslims in America and across the world for Eid. Ramzan Kareem,” said his message.

Obama said,”For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on
reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities. Each lesson is profound on its own, and taken together forms a harmonious whole. It’s also a time of year that brings some of the best dishes to the table across the world as families and neighbours gather for Iftar.”

He said in the United States, they were blessed with Muslim communities “as diverse as our nation itself. There are those whose
heritage can be traced back to the very beginning of our nation, as
well as those who have only just arrived. Doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers, scientists, community organizers, public servants, and military members, each night will all break their fasts together in cities across America.”