President Obama Gives Ramadan Message

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 21, 2009

President Obama delivers Ramadan message.

President Obama extends his best wishes to Muslims around the world during Ramadan. 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 and during his trips to Ankara and Cairo. In his Ramadan message, President Obama said:

"All of these efforts are a part of America’s commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect. And at this time of renewal, I want to reiterate my commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the world.

As I said in Cairo, this new beginning must be borne out in a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground. I believe an important part of this is listening, and in the last two months, American embassies around the world have reached out not just to governments, but directly to people in Muslim-majority countries. And from around the world, we have received an outpouring of feedback about how America can be a partner on behalf of peoples’ aspirations.

We have listened. And like you, we are focused on pursuing concrete actions that will make a difference over time – both in terms of the political and security issues that I have discussed, and in the areas that you have told us will make the most difference in peoples’ lives.

These consultations are helping us implement the partnerships that I called for in Cairo – to expand education exchange programs; to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs; and to increase collaboration on science and technology, while supporting literacy and vocational learning. We are also moving forward in partnering with the OIC and OIC member states to eradicate polio, while working closely with the international community to confront common health challenges like H1N1 – which I know is of particular to concern many Muslims preparing for the hajj.

All of these efforts are aimed at advancing our common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our faith. It will take time and patient effort. We cannot change things over night, but we can honestly resolve to do what must be done, while setting off in a new direction – toward the destination that we seek for ourselves, and for our children. That is the journey that we must travel together."

Read the President's full Ramadan message and more on the White House Blog.

Message also available in: Amharic | Arabic | Bengali | Dari | French | Hindi | Indonesian | Malay | Pashto | Persian | Punjabi | Russian | Turkish | Urdu



August 21, 2009

Aldendeshe in Syria writes:

@ Obama said: Mutual interest and mutual respect... he meant to say: We have interest in all of your sovereign wealth, cash reserves and oil fields and will send you out of respect improved X2 and X3LX Blackwater trained Christian religious missionary and you Moslems should return the respect by submitting to all our orders and plans and keep your interests in our Vegas women.

Texas, USA
August 21, 2009

David in Texas writes:

Thank you to the President and to ClintonNews for passing this link to all of us. Our goal of reaching a fully tolerant and inclusive society is well advanced by this communication.

Tennessee, USA
August 21, 2009

Joe in Tennesse writes:

There is little anyone could add: wonderful.

The world may never have parody; but, we are in a new age. One in which water will be in short supply, food supplies may become limited with just one major provisional countries bad season and environmental changes which could alter life as structured in many parts of the world; pandemics may both physically and economically effect any countries security as well.

The honest and open dialogue of the productive use of Religion for the benefit of all mankind, rather than use as a separation will be paramount in how we, as a human race, survive in the future. It is wonderful to know there is a world leader who realizes this and has a staff working toward this end.

QUOTE: Somehow we need all to come together and respect each other and put our differences aside... for the betterment of mankind.

New Mexico, USA
August 24, 2009

Joel in New Mexico writes:

These are very nice sentiments. So why is the State Department breaking American law and diminishing the stature of the United States by meeting with the tyrants and murderers of the Honduras regime as if they were a legitimate government?

When Mr. Obama talks about "confidence in the rule of law" but his State Department treats Public Law 111-8 with utter contempt, when he claims to support peace and security while State makes its bed with thugs who have according to the Interamerican Center for Human Rights illegally detained thousands, wounded perhaps hundreds, and killed or disappeared at least eight, it's very hard to take anything else that the U.S. government says seriously.

I urge you, Colonel Crowley, to make the deeds of the U.S. State Department in Honduras match this touching embrace of the Muslim world. Then maybe the Muslims will have reason to think that you'll deal honorably with them.

New York, USA
August 24, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

U.S. must get "Syrious" about the Mid-east. We are closer than ever to a regional conflagration.

August 25, 2009

Solomon in Madagascar writes:

Mr President of the United States of the America
Mr Prime Ministre of the United States of the America
Mm Secretary Clinton of the Dep States of America
The all Defence and People of the USA

To be the security defence for you and me and USA and the Madagascar are need confurme and remove to became very hard and the sutiation of base stability politic and diplomacy international for USA are Stabilize.

Mr Pesident I'm confurme for the all message in email already send in 21 Aut 2009. and I'm confurme for the we are must next President legale in Madagascar Nation And I'm confurme for the United Hard defence ( Russian Union - United States of the Israel-United Nation.......) and the Gendarmarie and Soldier in defence of the Madagascar and the defence of U.A acompany of us.

Thank very much
The God us protege
Your copeartion

Illinois, USA
September 14, 2009

Yvette in Illinois writes:

I am hispanic Catholic from Chicago and I am really touched and so happy to hear such recognition from President Obama for the Muslim holiday. As it always should have been just as I celebrate Christmas and Easter. It gives me great happiness and pride to hear this kind of address.

Thank you President Obama...For the first time in my life I can honestly say "Yes, things ARE Changing"!

God Bless you!


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